The special goals in nature conservation and species protection are
- to preserve the biodiversity at the level of species and ecosystems by promoting the establishment and operation of protected areas and by supporting the species protection programmes
- to utilise natural resources in a sustainable and environmentally benign manner through environmentally compatible agriculture
- to promote nature conservation as an overall task of the society by taking public-relations and awareness-raising measures.
The Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism designs, subsidises, and supervises projects in the field of nature conservation and awards contracts for research projects which are carried out by external partners.
The Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism makes available to the public publications, scientific studies, and general information on nature conservation and species protection.
The Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism supports the Federal Provinces in their efforts in national and international nature conservation (Natura 2000, national parks, international conventions on nature conservation).
The Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism is the contact for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and other international organisations (Ramsar, UN organisations, EUROPARC...) and is in contact with institutions and experts in Austria and abroad.
The Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism uses its expert body, the Federal Environment Agency, to be able to offer up-to-date technical information on the state of nature (Red Lists of endangered species and habitats) to the public.
A key challenge for nature conservation is the world-wide loss of biological diversity, which is mainly a consequence of human activities.
The Federal Ministry for Tourism will also in the future face this challenge on international level as well as in cooperation with Austria’s nine Federal Provinces.