Mechanisms of Vertical Integration
National — sub-national linkages
Several institutional arrangements foster the cooperation and
coordination between the national and sub-national levels in the ÖSTRAT
- The ‘Actors Network Sustainable Austria’ is intended to
facilitate networking among SD coordinators from the national, regional and
local levels. In order to exchange experience on SD issues, a network journal
is published and regular network meetings are held.
Since 1998, members of the Actors Network Sustainable Austria regularly have
met in ‘round tables’ organised by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture,
Forestry, Environment and Water Management in cooperation with one of the
Austrian regions. The round table meetings focused on the exchange of
experience and information among actors of different working fields and
different levels of implementation. During the preparation of the NSDS, one round table meeting was dedicated
to discuss governance issues and the expectations of different stakeholders
related to the strategy. In 2009, two round tables were held: the first one
focused on sustainable resource use and transition towards sustainable
lifestyles, at the second the actors network discussed the challenges of
demographic development and options to cope with it (click here for more
information on the round table meetings. Since 2010 onwards, the activities of the actors network have been closely linked with the implementation of the ÖSTRAT, the joint SD strategy of the Federal and provincial authorities,
its implementation by means of joint work programmes, and its further development. As a consequence, the “Round Table Sustainable
Austria” was given a new design. In November 2010 the Actors Network
Sustainable Austria met at the “1. ÖSTRAT Platform” to develop the first joint
ÖSTRAT work programme. More than 50 actors from key institutions of the
national and regional levels discussed the further development of existing
initiatives as well as options for new partnerships and new initiatives (click here for more information on the ÖSTRAT platform).
- The ‘Expert Conference of National and Regional
SD Coordinators’ was approved by the “Conference of the
Environmental Ministers of the Federal Provinces” in 2000. National and
regional SD coordinators meet twice a year in order to develop common
activities and to coordinate the implementation of SD strategies and policies.
- The chair of the Regional SD coordinators
participates in the ‘Committee for a Sustainable Austria’, the key
(governmental) mechanism at Federal level that did -in previous years- manage
the NSTRAT implementation by means of work programmes and progress reports, and
today manages both the renewal of the 2002 NSTRAT, as well as the Federal contributions to the
ÖSTRAT work programmes and the progress reports. External support for the ÖSTRAT-process: An external support office
provides technical assistance for the implementation of the present and the
development of the next work programme. It does also support the preparation of
progress report and provides back office support for the cooperation and
coordination mechanisms that link the national and sub-national levels in the
ÖSTRAT process (see above).
- Local Agenda 21 (LA 21) is regarded as an important approach to implement SD at the regional and local level. In 2002, a sub-group of the ‘Expert Conference of National and Regional SD Coordinators’ was established to improve coordination of LA 21 activities which include a standardized quality assurance and evaluation of LA 21-processes, arranging events for exchange of views and experiences and organizing EU-subsidies for LA 21-processes.
Members of the Actors Network Sustainable Austria regularly have met in ‘round tables’ organised by the Federal
Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism in cooperation with one of the Austrian
The renewed EU Strategy for Sustainable Development (EU SDS) that was adopted
in June 2006 foresees that Member States bi-annually report about how they
address the priorities of the EU SDS. Austria has published its first
national report on implementing the EU SDS in July 2007.
This Country Profile has been last updated on: Monday, 09 April 2018
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