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The Austrian Strategy for Sustainable Development contains 20 key objectives, which are broken down into four major fields of action. The four fields of action are 1) Quality of life in Austria, a task for today and tomorrows, 2) Austria as a dynamic business location, success through innovation and networking, 3) Austria as a living space, protection of biodiversity and quality, and 4) Austria s responsibility as an active role in Europe and the world. The strategy was drafted as a guidance document for bottom-up action and a document of self-obligation for the government of Austria. Sound public finance is hereby mentioned as a basis for sustainable development, which includes a sound national budget, no new debt, and a lower tax burden for the population. For each key objective, a problem statement/background, objective and starting points are given. After the substantive sections on the actions and objectives, the implementation is specified. The process should ensure that the strategy is implemented, targets are achieved within the defined period, the process and instruments of implementation are defied, responsibilities are clear, participation, self-organisation and commitment are promoted, the public is sensitized and kept informed, mechanisms for coordination with existing strategies are established, strategic networks with the regional and local level are set up, the status of implementation is assessed by continuous monitoring, and further development of the strategy is made possible through regular evaluation and reflection. Within the various fields of action, the further expansion of forestry policy instruments based on broad interdisciplinary, intersector collaboration and the development of a national forestry programme for Austria are envisioned to achieve sustainable forestry. With regard to agriculture and forestry, possibilities for the production of renewable raw materials are discussed. In the field of action Austria as a living space , the promotion of rural development is discussed; the remuneration of environmental services, strengthening agricultural businesses and general social impacts in particular. The policy addresses agriculture at great length and identifies the forestry sector as having potential for new job creation and reducing rural poverty. Agriculture is identified as an important function in guaranteeing health. Areas within the EU sustainability strategy mentioned are inter alia the healthiness of food, food safety and quality, animal protection, and the protection of nature and landscape. The strategy includes a 70-page annex, which includes first steps and innovative examples. The guiding principle followed is the creation and maintenance of a country that guarantees an intact environment, economic performance and social cohesion in the long term, without violating intergenerational justice or evading global responsibility.
The Austrian Strategy for Sustainable Development. Building our Future a sustainable future for Austria.
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