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Sustainable Villages in China and Austria

follow up of the study visit

Dear friends in Oikodrom-China-cooperation projects,

Yes, the common  interest of the Zhengzhou University, Henan, China and the CSO Oikodrom, Vienna, Austria found its expression in a one week common field study on the sustainability of rural villages, from May 22 to May 29, including a scientific conference, visits to sustainability oriented villages, town planning and eco park exhibitions as well as future oriented urban development projects.

Find below the link to a related article (published just two days after our visit in Hartberg) and some photos from the visit in Austria that Oikodrom organised together with an expert group from Zheng Zhou: a comparative study of the preservation and upgrading of the Chinese and European traditional villages and field study.

The Oikodrom-Team thanks the visitors from China for their open exchange of opinions!

Photos (by Andrea Pollach) showing two atmospheres of meetings in a context of cultural heritage: in the scientific in-door- context- and under a tree…

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  • The Vienna University for the support in context and in Chinese – English communication
  • The partners from the City of Vienna and from Seestadt Aspern
  • The MAK Museum
  • Die Garten Tulln
  • Leader Region Oststeiermark
  • The Austrian Ministry of Science
  • The City of Hartberg
  • And all the people in the projects we visited

Translation of the article published in:

URL: [27.05.2016]

China visits East Styria

A Chinese delegation scrutinized several innovative projects of the Leader– region in Styria, Austria. Fruit farmer Josef Singer from Tiefenbach, municipality of Hartl, also received the visitors on his farm. The Chinese Delegation, consisting of local politicians and representatives of research institutes, examined the farm and its farm shop carefully. The reason behind: even in China, topics such as sustainability and regionality regarding rural development are gaining in importance. Following the invitation by Oikodrom, the Vienna Institute for Urban Sustainability, several innovative projects of the Leader– initiative in East Styria’s “Kernland” were inspected.

Visits of the show mill Posch in Hartberg and the Landlust- houses (country delight houses) in the valley of Pöllau were also part of the programme, beside the fruit farm Singer.

Wolfgang Berger, manager of the Leader– region was very pleased about the upcoming exchange: “We were able to show our Chinese guests how exciting rural development can be if cultural ambitions are combined with economical ones. This becomes clear when looking at the combination of agriculture and tourism. Initiatives such as ‘Country delight” or ‘Urlaub auf dem Bauernhof’ (authentic farm holidays) reveal the interface which could enormously extend the product line for small structured agricultural enterprises.”

Leader is a support programme of the EU for the development of rural areas. It is carried out by the regional department of the state of Styria.