Alpine Regions of the ALP Austria Project

Karte der Almregionen
Karte der Almregionen

During module 4 of the project, the Federal Institute of Agricultural Economics was responsible for delineating the boundaries of individual alpine regions in order to facilitate an analysis of alpine agriculture (current situation, structural changes, strengths, weaknesses) in each region; and furthermore, based on these analyses, to develop region-specific alpine agriculture development plans, including recommended strategies and policy instruments. Thus, a primary goal was to clearly delineate alpine regions which displayed a similar structure, and which had undergone similar regional development processes – especially with respect to agriculture – during the previous years.

To establish the key indicators used for delineating the regions, the AWI held several rounds of discussions with local alpine pasture surveyors in the participating states. One resulting decision was to integrate communities which have alpine forage areas according to INVEKOS 2002 (German abbr. for “Integrated Administration and Control System”) into the respective alpine regions. The most important indicator for differentiating between regions was the prevalent share of alpine dairy cattle, whilst a secondary criterion was the type of cultivation used in alpine farming – either individually or collectively. In cases of doubt, geographic locations were used as a determining criterion to yield spatially cohesive regions. On the smallest scale, 22 alpine agriculture sub-regions were identified, with each integrated into one of the four main alpine regions  

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