The Jauerling-Wachau Nature Park contains the municipalities of Aggsbach Markt, Emmersdorf, Maria Laach, Mühldorf, Raxendorf, Spitz and Weiten. It covers an area of 11,558 hectares and offers a habitat for a large number of endangered species. These include not only rare orchids, the Siberian iris, the European green lizard, the eagle-owl and various types of blue-winged sparrowhawks but also many lesser-known animals and plants that can hardly be found anywhere else. Yet as agriculture on the Jauerling undergoes increasing structural changes, from small-scale dairy farming to abandonment, leasing and alternative forms of production (often the growing of Christmas trees), there are increasingly fewer ever fewer habits for these species.
A solution can be found through the cooperation with farmers and regional businesses. Not only can this secure local and regional markets for producers but also guarantee that a significant portion of the endangered habitats of many species of animals and plants are preserved.
The creation of a “Jauerling-Wachau Nature Park brand” should create an incentive for the businesses. This brand presumes the management of designated areas in the Jauerling-Wachau Nature Park that is compatible with nature. In return, participating companies can market and sell their products under the “Jauerling-Wachau Nature Park brand”. In addition, opportunities will be provided to place these products in regional sales outlets, thus creating new distribution possibilities.
Discussed in the project selection committee: 21.11.2018
Project promoter: Jauerling-Wachau Nature Park
Funding level: 80%
Project duration: 01.01.2019 – 31.12.2021
Supported by the federal government, the federal province and the European Union (LEADER).
created on 28.11.2019