Austrian Society for Great Bustard Conservation (ÖGG)
For reasons of efficiency, the "Austrian Society for Great Bustard Conservation (ÖGG)" was founded in 2004 with the approval of the departments for nature conservation of the provincial governments of Lower Austria and Burgenland. The purpose of this "public interest" society is both to implement the current Austrian Great Bustard LIFE Project and to advance Great Bustard conservation across provinces in Austria in the future.
Before 2004, Great Bustard conservation in Austria only had societies operating at a regional level, as well as one society with a cross-border portfolio. These included the society "Grüne Welt" in Goggendorf, working in the "Western Weinviertel" bustard area, the society "Distelverein" in Deutsch-Wagram, working in the "Sandboden and Praterterrasse" bustard area, the "Interessensgemeinschaft Großtrappenschutz Parndorfer Platte - Heideboden" in Zurndorf, working in the "Parndorfer Platte - Heideboden" bustard area, and the cross-border "Pannonic Society for Great Bustard Preservation (PGG)" in Vienna. All of these, however, seemed unsuitable for implementing a large LIFE Project, and for this reason the new ÖGG society was founded. The executive committee and advisory board of the ÖGG consist of one representative each from the departments for nature conservation of the provincial governments of Lower Austria and Burgenland, similarly one representative each from the societies Grüne Welt, the Interessensgemeinschaft Großtrappenschutz Parndorfer Platte - Heideboden, the Pannonic Society for Great Bustard Preservation (PGG), and from the Institute for Institute of Wildlife Biology and Game Management.
The ÖGG is committed to bringing all its activities and undertakings into line with the conservation objectives of the Natura 2000 sites (SPAs) concerned. Conservation measures will be in line with the intentions of the provincial governments of Lower Austria and Burgenland to meet their obligations under the EU Birds Directive.
Werner Falb-Meixner (chairman of ÖGG)
Untere Hauptstr. 13,
Mobile: +43 664 521 688 8