Conservation, Forest Biodiversity and Economic Development in the Karavanke Mountains Conservation, Forest Biodiversity and Economic Development in the Karavanke Mountains
Hanns Kirchmeir, Christian Keusch, Stefanie Weiglhofer, Daniel Zollner
Office of the Carinthian Government
Zavod za Gozdove Slovenije, OE Bled
Large areas of the Austrian and Slovenian Karavanke mountains are covered with woodland, and forestry represents an important source of income in this region. However, in the rugged and steep terrain of this area, which is difficult to access and develop, the limits of economic efficiency are often reached. Both the forest and the traditionally cultivated meadows and pastures are of great importance for biodiversity. In cooperation with stakeholders from the forestry and nature conservation sectors, ways are being explored to facilitate the further development of both sectors in the Karavanke mountains. Specific development projects are being jointly implemented with Slovenian partners, with knowledge and expertise being shared across the border.