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Nationalpark Gesäuse (Regular)

Operator: Gesäuse National Park GmbH
DEIMS Database: Nationalpark Gesäuse
Contact: Daniel Kreiner

Site description

The National Park was founded in 2002 and one year later internationally accredited as IUCN protected area, category II (National Park). Big parts are also part of the Natura 2000 network (FFH directive of the EU). NP Gesäuse is the third big­gest Austrian National Park, located in the province of Styria (Northern Limestone Alps) at elevations ranging from 490 to 2370 m.a.s.l. A high natural dynamic is typical for it´s ecosystems. Since its founding, applied research within a broad range of disciplines has taken place at the Gesäuse National park. A focus of the work comprises the investigation of abiotic and biotic factors of life for example in the areas of geology, karst, soil studies, climate and hydrology. Investigations of individual species (population level) and groups of species of flora and fauna are also carried out together with those into the different habitats. The conservation of habitats and species is a core responsibility of the national park: comprehensive biotope mapping is carried out in order, for example, to obtain findings about spring habitats, the gravel fans along the Enns river and its tributaries, alluvial forest areas, ravine forests and alpine meadows.

Habitat analyses serve to increase our knowledge of the way in which different species live and of their environmental requirements. The aim of research in the national park is, apart from multiplying knowledge, to obtain the necessary understanding to enable the best possible management of the conservation area and thus to ensure the preservation of biodiversity there. Further research activities take place at the interface to social sciences in the thematic areas of regional history, sustainable tourism (visitors management) and marketing. In cooperation with Austrian and international universities and other research institutions, scientific research projects are carried out, and the production of theses and dissertations supported and guided. The spectrum of applied methods is almost as broad as the range of disciplines involved: it comprises not only standardized investigative methods but also, for example, the use of modern techniques for processing geodata together with methods to obtain new insights that have been specially adapted to the needs of the national park.


  • Achtziger R., Holzinger W. E., Nickel H. & Niedringhaus R. (2011): Zikaden (Insecta: Auchenorrhyncha) als Indikatoren für die Biodiversität und zur naturschutzfachlichen Bewertung. Insecta

  • Bohner A., Habeler H., Starlinger J. & M. Suanjak (2010): Artenreiche montane Rasengesellschaften auf Lawinenbahnen des Nationalparks Gesäuse (Österreich). In: Tuexenia 2 (S 97–120). Göttingen 2009"

  • Frieß, T. & J. Brandner (2011): Wanzen (Heteroptera). – In: GEO-Tag der Artenvielfalt Nationalparks Austria 2010. Verhandlungen der Zoologisch-Botanischen Gesellschaft in Österreich.

  • Gerecke R., Haseke H., Maringer A. (Red. (2012): Quellen. Schriften des Nationalparks Gesäuse. Band 7. 978-3-901990-06-9 Weng, 391 S.

  • Getzner M., Jungmeier M., Pfleger B. (2012): Evaluating Management Effectiveness of National Parks as a Contribution to Good Governance and Social Learning. In: Sladonja, B. (ed.), Protected Area Management. InTech, Rijeka, 129-148 (ISBN 978-953-51-0697-5)

  • Haller R., Hauenstein P., Anderwald P., Bauch K., Jurgeit F., Aichhorn K., Kreiner D., Höbinger T., Lotz A. & H. Franz (2014): Beyond the inventory – Change detection at the landscape level using aerial photographs in four protected areas in the alps. – In: Bauch K. (Ed.) 2014: 5th Symposium for Research in Protected Areas, 10 to 12 June 2013, Mittersill, Hohe Tauern National Park Region; Austria. Conference Volume, Part I/2. pp. 257-264. Salzburger Nationalparkfonds, Mittersill. ISBN: 978-3-200-03107-4

  • Hasitschka J., Höbinger T., Kreiner D. (2014): Gesäuse - Landschaft im Wandel. ISBN: 978-3-901990-10-6 Weng, 220 S.

  • Jantscher E. & Ch. Komposch (2011): Xysticus carinthiacus sp. n., a new thomisid from the Eastern Alps (Carinthia, Austria) and the redefinition of the nigromaculatus group (Araneae, Thomisidae). – Revue suisse Zool.

  • Komposch C., Frieß T., Kreiner D. (2014): Natural Hazards – Hazards for nature? Avalanches as a promotor of biodiversity. A case study on the invertebrate fauna in the Gesäuse National Park (Styria, Austria). – In: Bauch K. (Ed.) 2014: 5th Symposium for Research in Protected Areas, 10 to 12 June 2013, Mittersill, Hohe Tauern National Park Region; Austria. Conference Volume, Part I/2. pp. 389-398. Salzburger Nationalparkfonds, Mittersill. ISBN: 978-3-200-03107-4

  • Kreiner D. & Klauber J. (2011): Vielfalt Lawine. Das Kalktal bei Hieflau. – Schriften des Nationalparks Gesäuse, Bd. 6. ISBN: 978-3-901990-05-2, Weng i. Gesause, 208 S.

  • Kreiner D., Maringer A. (2012): Alpine Räume - Zwischen Buchstein und Bruckstein. Nationalpark Gesäuse GmbH. Schriften des Nationalparks Gesäuse, Band 8. 978-3-901990-07-6 Weng im Gesäuse, 171 S.

  • Kreiner D., Maringer A. (2012): Erste Dekade - 10 Jahre Forschung im Nationalpark Gesause. Schriften des Nationalparks Gesäuse. Band 9. 978-3-901990-08-3 Weng im Gesäuse,192 S.

  • Kreiner D., Maringer A. (2013): Enns und Moor. Schriften des Nationalparks Gesäuse. Band 10. Im Auftrag der Nationalpark Gesäuse GmbH. 978-3-901990-09-0 Weng im Gesäuse, 191 S.

  • Kreiner D., Maringer A., Zechner L. (2012): ECONNECT – Improving Connectivity in the Alps, Implementation in the pilot region Northern Limestone Alps. In: eco.mont - Volume 4, Number 1, June 2012.

  • Maringer A. (2014): SOKO HAINDLKAR. Steil ermittelt…. Schriften des Nationalparks Gesäuse. Band 11. ISBN: 978-3-901990-11-3 Weng im Gesäuse, 160 S.

  • Maringer A., Kreiner D. (2012): Forschungskonzept 2013-2023. In: Kreiner D., Maringer A. (Red.). Schriften des Nationalparks Gesäuse. Band 9. ISBN: 978-3-901990-08-3 Weng im Gesäuse, 184-188 S.

  • Mauerhofer V. (2010): Zusammenfassung der tabellarischen Analyse „Rechtsinstrumente für ein alpenweites ökologisches Netzwerk“ (ECONNECT Projekt)

  • Mayer et al. (2012): BE-NATUR: Transnational Management of Natura 2000 Sites. Use case 7. LIFE project: Conservation strategies for woodlands and rivers in the Gesäuse National Park.

  • Sterl P., Eder R. & A. Arnberger (2010): Exploring factors influencing the attitude of ski tourers towards the ski touring management measures of the Gesäuse National Park. In: eco.mont - Volume 2, Number 1, June 2010.

  • Sterl P., Kreiner D. (2010): Gesäuse National Park – a rugged wilderness. In: eco.mont - Volume 2, Number 1, June 2010. A case in point.

  • Prevosto, B., Kuiters, L., Bernhardt­Römermann, M., Dölle, M., Schmidt, W., Hoffmann, M., Uytvanck, J., Bohner, A., Kreiner, D., Stadler, J., Klotz, S, Brandl, R. (2011): Impacts of Land Abandonment on Vegetation: Successional Pathways in European Habitats. In: Folia Geobot 46, 303-325. DOI 10.1007/s12224-010-9096-z. published online. Springer Link.