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Perception and Reality of User Conflicts in the UNESCO Wienerwald Biosphere Reserve

Project Leader
Arnberger Arne, Project Leader
Earth System Sciences (ESS)
Type of Research
Applied Research
Project partners
Biosphärenpark Wienerwald Management GmbH, Austria.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Arnberger Arne, Sub Projectleader
Schauppenlehner Thomas, Project Staff
Allex Brigitte, Project Staff (bis 30.09.2021)
BOKU Research Units
Institute for Landscape Development, Recreation and Conservation Planning
Funded by
Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Dr. Ignaz- Seipel Platz, 1010 Wien, Austria
Due to different activities and interests, which take place in the Wienerwald Biosphere Reserve, a high conflict potential exists. Interaction between different user groups and interests provide a key challenge to recreation managers as the interactions often lead to conflicts. Therefor this study aimed in a systematic analysis of conflicts between recreationists in the Wienerwald Biosphere Reserve based on observations and surveys. The study will provide detailed information about types and sources of conflicts which exist in a heavily used recreational area. Based on these findings, recommendations for the management of the Wienerwald Biosphere Reserve and guidelines for other Biosphere Reserves, how to evaluate conflicts, will be derived.
Nature conservation; Psychology of perception; Leisure research; Landscape planning;
Biosphere Reserve Wienerwald; recreation; user conflicts;

Arnberger, A., Eder, R. (2021): Monitoring of recreation use in Austrian UNESCO Biosphere Reserves – the case of the Wienerwald Biosphere Reserve .
[The 10th International Conference on Monitoring and Management of Visitors in Recreational and Protected Areas (MMV10), Lillehammer, Norway, 16.08.2021 - 19.08.2021]

In: Øystein Aas, Monica Breiby, Sofie K. Selvaag, Per-Ambjørn Eriksson, Brigithe Børrestad , The 10th MMV Conference: Managing outdoor recreation experiences in the Anthropocene – Resources, markets, innovations, Norwegian University of Life Sciences MINA technical report 73; ISBN: ISSN 2535-2806


Arnberger, A., Eder, R., Wagner, S., Brenner, H. (2022): Monitoring and management of recreation use in Austrian UNESCO Biosphere Reserves – the case of the Wienerwald Biosphere Reserve .

EuroMAB 2022, 12.09.2022 - 16.09.2022, Bad Kleinkirchheim

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