The Salzburg Institute for Regional Planning and Housing (SIR) accompanies a cooperative process of developing areas for a future Ökopool. Together with the steering group - consisting of the Salzburg City and Surrounding Communities Regional Association, the City of Salzburg, the Province of Salzburg and the Salzburg Surrounding District Authority - such a model is currently in development. The basic principle of so-called eco accounts is the early implementation of compensation measures for structural interventions in landscape and nature, which brings advantages:
- Compensation requirements can be easier steered into landscape conservation projects by specialist planning agencies at regional and municipal level.
- Cost savings by pooling competencies and financing resources in a common pool of areas and measures.
- Integration of individual project-related compensation measures into an overall concept that is coordinated with regional and local strategy and planning documents.
- Cooperation between the City of Salzburg and its surrounding municipalities if no suitable compensation areas are available in a municipality.
The Green Infrastructure (GI) approach serves as the European framework strategy and is described as a way of counteracting increasing spatial fragmentation tendencies by the European Commission in which several spatial functions are on the same area: in this sense, the Ökopool creates high-quality multifunctional areas that are simultaneously available for compensation requirements.
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If you want to read more detailed information about the pilot in Salzburg, please find some documents below.