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AT-SCI 10.3 AUSTRIA Göstling Environment 10/08/2020 22/08/2020

Youth for Nature - Wilderness Area Dürrenstein meets Thayatal National Park

Camp code:

AT-SCI 10.3

Country:

Austria

Start Date:

10 Aug 2020

End Date:

22 Aug 2020

Topic:

10: Environment protection

Work Types:

Environment

Number of volunteers:

11

International age:

18 - 99

National age:

16 - 99

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Description: In 2003 the Wilderness Dürrenstein was recognized as the first category I wilderness area in Austria, according to the criteria of the IUCN. They seek to protect the unique forest and landscape, endangered organisms and habitats, whereas the natural processes are allowed to unfold without human intervention. The area of the Wilderness Dürrenstein was expanded repeatedly, increasing the area of protected land to 3.500 hectares. Until this great accomplishment in some parts of these areas invasive plants have already been introduced unintentionally. We will remove invasive plants in order to prevent irreversible anthropogenic effects on the ecosystem. In addition to invasive species in Thayatal National Park, there are some very immensely diverse dry grassland areas to be managed.

Type of Work: We will remove invasive plants in order to prevent irreversible anthropogenic effects on the ecosystem. Secondly, we will mow dry grassland areas and also selectively remove bushes and small tress to prevent the forest to overgrow these species-rich open habitats. We will also have time to get to know each other and enjoy the summer in Austria.

Study Theme: Participants will learn about the different, partly very rare and precious ecosystems in the wilderness area Dürrenstein and the Thayatal National Park. They will learn what topics are important and what kind of work is necessary to protect and preserve the natural heritage. This will be accomplished through the work itself but also during excursions which are partially led to no-entry-places. Participant have also the chance to get in touch with nature professionals as well as with like-minded volunteers with whom they will work in a team.

Accommodation: For the time of your stay at wilderness Dürrenstein you will sleep at different fully equipped bed and breakfasts. At Thayatal National Park you will be staying in the recently built Wildcat Camp. The facility is equipped with bedrooms for up to 6 persons with bathrooms, a common room and kitchen. Wireless LAN will be available in the Camp. Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner will be provided either in the camp, at the work site or in nearby restaurants. During the camp we will also cook together. This will also be an opportunity to share international food culture and cooking styles.

Requirements: We will be working about 6 hours, 4 days a week – sometimes in steep terrain, on hot days, but also very cold or rainy days etc. Therefore, some basic fitness is required. Before you sign up for this camp PLEASE make sure that you are healthy enough to participate. If you have any underlying conditions such as allergies (to food, bees, pollen, penicillin etc.), heart conditions, epilepsy, trouble

Approximate Location: Göstling is also a small village with two supermarkets, two sport shops, a bakery, a tobacconist’s, a post office and many cafés and restaurants. There are two local doctors and the next hospital is in Scheibbs, which is about 30 min. away by car. Hardegg (next to Thayatal Nationalpark) is the smallest town in Austria, with only 90 inhabitants, right at the border to the Czech Republic. Despite its remoteness it has a small grocery store and two restaurants and a local doctor, the closest hospital is in Horn (30 min by car). In the close by city of Retz you will find more Restaurants Cafés.

Notes: Contact for organizational issues in advance and adresses: Nina Schönemann Mail: office@wildnisgebiet.at Phone: +43 (0) 664 1255050 Meeting point: Train station Ybbs: Linzer Straße 16, A-3373 Ybbs an der Donau www.wildnisgebiet.at 

Christoph Milek Mail: christoph.milek@np-thayatal.at Phone: +43 (0) 664 22 73 884 Address: National Park Thayatal: Merkersdorf 90, A-2082 Hardegg www.np-thayatal.at

Organization Description: SCI Austria is the Austrian branch of Service Civil International, founded in 1947 and based in Vienna. We are mainly volunteers who have been on international workcamps ourselves and who want to organize meaningful and critical projects in our country as well.