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Rural Common Property in Austria

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Herbst, Peter
Conference: The Commons in an Age of Global Transition: Challenges, Risks and Opportunities, the Tenth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property
Location: Oaxaca, Mexico
Conf. Date: August 9-13
Date: 2004
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/1990
Sector: Forestry
Region: Europe
Subject(s): IASC
common pool resources
mountain regions
rural affairs
Alps
land tenure and use
Abstract: "In the mountain valleys of Austria's South-Eastern Alps (province of Kornten), common property is one of the prevalent categories of rural land ownership and therefore a major factor in land use planning and policy. Administration of these joint ownership structures has been institutionalised in 1853 already, and since 1950 their legal status has been that of corporations under public law ('Agrargemeinschaften,' rural common property). A special supervising authority 'Agrarbehorde' has been installed as early as 1883, to safeguard sustainable management of the commons. Approximately 30% of the total are (more than 1/3 of the alpine pasture land, and 1/4 of the total area under forests belong to the more than 3000 Agrargemeinschaften in that part of Austria."

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