Nationalpark Thayatal

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Austria

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The National Park
 

Yes to the national park
People carrying banners saying "Yes to the national park”
Yes to the national park
1984: plans are made to build a power plant at the Thaya near Byči Skala (CZ). The municipality and the citizens' initiative for the conservation of the Thayatal manage to prevent it.

1988 and 1991: the protected areas Thayatal I and Thayatal II are established by the Lower Austrian Government. They are the precursors of the future national park.

1991: on 1 July the Národni Park Podyjí is created. In the same year, the operating company Marchfeldkanal is commissioned to draw up a feasibility study on the National Park Thayatal.

1992: the study is completed. It states that the National Park Thayatal could be successfully implemented. On 3 April, the municipal council of the city of Hardegg decides by majority in favor of the creation of a national park Thayatal in accordance with the concept of national park planning.

1995: the Lower Austrian national park legislation enters into force.

1996: the Donauauen, east of Vienna, become the first Lower Austrian national park.

1997: on 26 October, the treaty as per Art. 15a B-VG establishing the National Park Thayatal is signed between the government (Minister Bartenstein and Minister Edlinger) and the province of Lower Austria (Governor Pröll).

June 1998: Robert Brunner is appointed as director of the future national park.
 

Signing the treaty
Signing the treaty
Signing the treaty
1999: the National Park Thayatal GesmbH is founded and the first staff members are recruited. On 15 July, the Czech Minister Kuzvart, the Minister of Environment Bartenstein and Governor Pröll sign a declaration of cooperation between both national parks in the Thayatal.

2000: on 1 January, the national park regulation enters into force. On 21 May, the National Park is officially inaugurated by Minister Molterer and Governor Pröll. Numerous measures are taken for visitors, such as marking and securing tracks, establishing an emergency system and issuing information brochures. Other offers include an extensive excursion programme, an information desk on week-ends (May to October) and special project days/weeks for schools.

In order to ensure the participation of the local population in the development of the national park, a national park advisory board is established. Mayor Norbert Kellner is elected chairman.

2001: on 16 May, the National Park Thayatal Commission is created. It coordinates the objectives of both national parks and ratifies the bilateral measures. Also in 2001 the National Park is recognized by the IUCN. On 18 August, David Sheppard, director of the National Park Programme of the IUCN, presents the certificate. In the same year, the first ten-year management plan is approved by the provincial government. From 9 to 11 October, the Czech Národni Park Podyjí celebrates its tenth anniversary.
 

Presentation of the model national park center
Presentation of the model national park center
Presentation of the model national park center
2002: on 22 May, Governor Pröll sets the first stone of the national park centre. The building will house the administration of the national park; an exhibition on the origins of the Thayatal, a meeting room, a dining and shopping area and an outdoor adventure area are also planned. In summer, the high waters of the Thaya flood Hardegg, but do not cause much damage.

2003: the National Park Center is finished and inaugurated on 13 July by Minister J. Pröll and Governor E. Pröll. In September, the National Park Thayatal is awarded the 2003 Timber-Frame Construction Prize for its new center. On 8 November, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Walter Schwimmer, awards the National Park Thayatal the European Diploma of the Council of Europe.

2004: on 15 July, during a press conference, the National Park introduces its progress report on "Five years National Park Thayatal” (1999-2003). The National Park also achieves excellent test results, thus meeting the conditions for being included in the Lower Austrian TOP excursion sites and becomes a member of this Lower Austrian promotion campaign in 2005.
 

Presentation of the image folder in the Lower Austrian ORF regional studios
Presentation of the image folder in the Lower Austrian ORF regional studios
Presentation of the image folder in the Lower Austrian ORF regional studios
2005: Alfred Komarek writes for the National Park Thayatal and on 6 July, the latest illustrated brochure is presented at the Lower Austrian ORF television studios. On 3 September, the Council of Europe celebrates the fortieth anniversary of the European Diploma with participants from 22 countries.

2006: the first phase of the project "Inter-national park region Thayatal” is completed in spring. 45 tourist businesses between Retz and Waidhofen/Thaya are now partners of the National Park Thayatal. The same year sees two floods. In March the Thaya's tide is high, in June the Fugnitz floods large parts of the outskirts and causes vast damages in Badgasse. In November, on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the NP Podyjí, a symposium is organized in Znojmo in cooperation with the National Park Thayatal.
 

Medal for Dir. Brunner
Medal for Dir. Brunner
Medal for Dir. Brunner
2007: the Lower Austrian Government awards Director Robert Brunner the gold medal for special achievements in Lower Austria. His efforts toward establishing the two Lower Austrian National Parks are particularly commended. Mayor Norbert Kellner is awarded the silver medal of the Republic of Austria for his engagement in the National Park Thayatal.

2008: the Council of Europe renews the European Diploma of the National Park Thayatal for another five years. Former Mayor Norbert Kellner is awarded the Josef-Schöffl-Prize.
 

opening adventure playground
opening adventure playground
opening adventure playground
2009 marks an anniversary: 10 years of National Park Thayatal. Various events will be organised throughout the year, from a New Year's concert to a Boxing Day hike. The key event of the year will be the opening by the Stephan Pernkof, Responsible for Nature Protection in the Lower Austrian Governement, of the nature adventure world, one of the nicest adventure playgrounds in Lower Austria. A large research project "Nature without Borders" will be developped in cooperation with the Czech National Park Podyji.