Green infrastructure for better living

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.

For more information please visit: www.oekopool-sbg.at

If you want to read more detailed information about the pilot in Salzburg, please find some documents below.