In the border area, there has been a cycling tourism expertise, respectively cycling tourism offers for years. The KTM cycle route has existed for a long time. It runs partly parallel to the new EuroVelo 13 and crosses the EuroVelo 9 (via Brno – Vienna).
The KTM Cycle Route East along the Morava River has so far partly run on less suitable tourist routes. Therefore, there have been efforts for years to make the section between Hohenau and Engelhartsstetten more attractive or to relocate it to new routes.
The proposals for the new routes run through nature-sensitive areas. Now, under certain conditions, a nature conservation permit has been granted.
Essential for this are appropriate visitor guidance measures (barriers, visitor information, etc.) and subsequently a monitoring of the effect of the proposed and implemented measures.
The interim evaluation of the PaNaNet+ project presents a comparison of the objectives and the actual situation.
The following questions will be addressed in the evaluation:
With the pilot project “b-solutions”, the Office of the Lower Austrian Provincial Government, Department of nursery and Schools, has set itself the goal of identifying sustainable methods for overcoming these legal or administrative obstacles in the case of cross-border nurserry and school visits.
The Welcome Info is intended to provide assistance and orientation, especially for Slovak newcomers in the surrounding Austrian communities, so that they can find their way around in their new environment more quickly, especially with regard to administrative and cross-border issues.
With the help of the Welcome Info, which will subsequently be translated into Slovak, the most important questions for newcomers are to be communicated in an understandable way right from the start. The target group is people from neighbouring countries (especially Slovakia) who already live in the Austrian border area or who want to settle in the border municipalities of the districts of Gänserndorf, Bruck an der Leitha or Eisenstadt.
Development of the info product:
On 31 December 2021, around 500 permanent permits for the installation of Schanigärten on public property in Vienna expire. The entrepreneurs concerned must therefore submit new applications for the 2022 season. The current (stricter) guidelines will be applied. For some entrepreneurs, this means that their new outdoor cafés will be significantly smaller or that they will no longer be allowed to set up outdoor cafés from 2022 onwards. These businesses should be informed by the Chamber of Commerce in a timely manner so that they can react to the changed situation in good time.
Preparation of comprehensive, uniform and optimised management plans for all six Burgenland nature parks, based on the Austria-wide recognised 4-pillar model of nature parks.
The result is an “Action Plan 2025” per nature park, which can be used as an aid for project submissions in the national and international context and should lead to the direct implementation of activities.
The project is intended to create an analytical and strategic basis for making the business areas concerned fit for the future as locations in themselves and to qualify them in several respects. The analysis of the locations as such and their urban-functional environment is just as important as the dialogue and exchange with the companies located there and other relevant stakeholders and experts.
Partner: Modul5 GmbH
The implementation of the “Regions 4 Health” network is to be carried out within the framework of three INTERREG projects. These focus on the entire border region of Lower Austria with its neighbouring regions in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. They take into account the following focal points of the network and ensure regional implementation.
In order to improve the cross-border wine experience region developed in the Weinidylle AT-HU project and its international placement, a coherent, sustainable and innovative overall offer is needed. This can only be developed by SMEs, which requires a network of entrepreneurs.
The aim is to jointly increase the economic development effect and the survival rate of SMEs in the border region.
External project management:
In the project Culture Across – Cultural Bridges across the Morava River – the municipality of Marchegg (LB) and the Museum of the City of Bratislava (PP1) are working together to preserve their cultural heritage and to strengthen the awareness of the local and regional population on both sides of the border for these cultural monuments. This will strengthen the tourist attractiveness of the entire border region in the heart of Central Europe (Marchfeld-Záhorie-Bratislava region).
External project management: Support in the implementation of the cross-border project “Culture Across – Cultural Bridges across the Morava” within the framework of the Interreg V-A SK-AT 2014-2020 programme in the following areas
Project coordination and reconciliation
The aim of the Common Heritage project is to develop transboundary cooperation between Hungarian and Austrian management organisations of the Fertő-Neusiedler See World Heritage Site, specifically the establishment of a joint management organisation and a landscape observatory based on a new management plan for the long-term protection, monitoring and communication of outstanding universal values of the World Heritage Site.
The goal of the European Region Danube-Moldova (EDM) – a political working group of the seven partner regions Upper Palatinate, Lower Bavaria with Altötting, Upper Austria, the Lower Austrian Most and Waldviertel, South Bohemia, Pilsen and Vysočina – is to further expand the existing cooperation. Health care is also a common concern of all EDM partners. For this reason a separate working group on cross-border health care was set up. Its aim is to improve the transfer of knowledge between the participating partner regions and to establish long-term cooperation in the field of health care.
The aim of the Interreg project Ecoregion SKAT is the coordinated development and strengthening of nature tourism offers by improving cooperation between municipalities, environmental groups, ecological centers and protected area administrations in the Slovak-Austrian border region, raising public awareness of environmental issues and building an information structure in the field of environmental education.
The purpose of the assignment is the elaboration of the programming document “Cooperation Programme” for Cross-Border Cooperation Slovak Republic – Austria 2021-2027, which will be one of the cross-border cooperation programmes implemented in 2021-2027 in accordance with EU regulations for EU cohesion policy.
Partners: Consulting Associates, M&E Factory monitoring and evaluation GmbH
Projectmanagement and -communication, Socio economic analysis, Development of the cooperation programme:
The Danube power plant Altenwörth is the most powerful run-of-river power plant in Austria. The difference in height of the barrage is 13.9 metres and thus acts as a barrier for fish and other aquatic life. This obstacle will be overcome in the future with a fish migration aid, which is built in the frame of a LIFE+ project. At 12.5 kilometres long, it will be the longest fish bypass in Lower Austria. VERBUND Hydro Power coordinates the LIFE+ project.
Together with ALLRegio, mecca is responsible for the “Socio-economic Analysis – LIFE Network Danube+ ALTENWÖRTH”, the aim of which is to identify the possible socio-economic effects of this project and to present them in advance. Key indicators for the most important socio-economic impacts will be identified and presented. These key indicators provide the basis for a monitoring, which is planned in the course of the project “LIFE Net-work Danube+ ALTENWÖRTH”. The guiding theme for this is: Regional added value through a nature conservation project (LIFE+) on the Danube near Altenwörth.
project partner: ALLRegio
The Biosphere Park Wienerwald is not only characterised by a unique natural diversity – the meeting of different climatic and geological zones results in very diverse habitats and a special diversity of animal and plant species – but also by a cultural and economic diversity. In the course of a regional economic analysis, mecca is preparing a well-founded factsheet on the regional economy in the biosphere park. We focus on the following topics:
In Bad Vöslau (Lower Austria) the old Louisenvilla should be renovated. On the same plot the Louisenpark apartment building is to be constructed. In the immediate vicinity are the spa gardens, a senior citizens’ residence and a municipal outdoor swimming pool.
The current forest-like character of the property is to be preserved as far as possible – especially the pine trees.
In order to preserve or create further ecologically valuable areas, plantings of several trees, flowering shrub hedges, planting beds with shrub mixtures, vertical greenery on a house wall or on wire ropes along the garbage room as well as the greening of the entire flat roof of the apartment building are planned.
Project partner: DI Doris Haidvogl – engineering office for landscape planning
Lake Neusiedl and its surrounding region are attractive in many respects and hence face an increasing pressure regarding spatial and settlement develpment, building areas at the waterside, recreation, culture and tourism, energy, economy, agriculture, nature protection etc.
In order to develop a coordinated strategy for the future development in the region, mecca is appointed to develop a “Master Plan Lake Neusiedl” based on a comprehensive regional analysis and the involvement of stakeholders, policy makers, interested public and other relevant organisations and institutions.
Since 2013, the Carinthian Legislation of Photovoltaic Arrays regulates the use of photovoltaics. Four years after its effective date, mecca evaluated the possibilities of project implementations, protection rules and different systems of regulation in a broad discussion process.
CEP (Courier, Express and Parcel)-Services are of increasing importance for urban supply. The demand for these services is expected to grow, mainly caused by the booming e-commerce market, but also by the increasing city population and the numbers of single households. But how is the economic development of the sector, what’s the CEP-Service’s importance regarding the business location and the urban development and what are the hot topics in the years to come? On behalf of the Vienna Economic Chamber, we are working on these and further questions together with the Environment Agency Austria (Umweltbundesamt).
project partner: Environment Agency Austria
Lower Austria has committed itself to reduce the energy consumption and the greenhouse gas emissions. Measures are defined in the NÖ Klima- und Energieprogramm 2020 (Lower Austria Climate and Energy Programme). They are consistent with European, Austrian and Lower Austrian climate protection measures.
The aim of the study commissioned by EVN is the question how regional and communal development and energy supply could be better coordinated in order to generate benefit regarding security of energy supply, energetic and economic efficiency, climate protection and minimising environmental impacts. mecca conducted a data analysis, and developed usage suggestions for model communities.
project partner: Environment Agency Austria (Umweltbundesamt)