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Gewählte Master / Diploma Thesis:

Christoph Mader (2021): Sichtweisen zur Streuobstbewirtschaftung in der LEADER-Region Mostlandl-Hausruck Eine qualitative Analyse von Motiven, Problemen und regionaler Identität.
Master / Diploma Thesis - Institut für Nachhaltige Wirtschaftsentwicklung, BOKU-Universität für Bodenkultur, pp 93. UB BOKU obvsg

Data Source: ZID Abstracts
This thesis deals with the backgrounds of traditional orchard cultivation. Specifically, motives and perceptions of problems coming along with traditional orchard cultivation have been analysed. Furthermore, connections between traditional orchard cultivation and regional identity and the networking of actors in the traditional orchard cultivation within the region have been explored. 12 guided interviews build the empirical base of this master thesis, whereas people with the following different intensities of use of these traditional orchards have been interviewed: leisure time use, traditional agricultural use and intensive agricultural use. As generally most important motives appeared the joy with the product, economic aspects, the joy of working with the fruits and the trees as well as the effort of preserving the traditional orchard cultivation and the existing orchards. While farms with intensive agricultural use are mainly driven by economic perspectives, the joy of working has priority for traditional agricultural use and leisure time use. Problems coming along with traditional orchard cultivation have been perceived differently within the respective groups. Within the group of traditional agricultural use by far the most negative aspects that have been mentioned, specifically refer to the economic efficiency and the workload. Another finding shows a differing perception of efficiency between intensities of use. While farmers with traditional agricultural use of orchards perceive the economic efficiency as low or not given, farmers with intensive agricultural use perceive it as positive. Aspects of regional identity in relation to traditional orchard cultivation have been found mainly in terms of the landscape, the aesthetic effect of the fruit trees and the cultural or traditional role of this form of cultivation. Thereby, cider (fruit wine) is playing a major role. Furthermore, the networking of actors related to the topic of traditional orchard cultivation is of great importance within the region for social exchange and for the transfer of knowledge and experience.

Beurteilende*r: Vogel Stefan

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