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The RERAM project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under the grant agreement no. 609573.

Styria, Austria

     

 

Austria forest cover map with Styria highlighted in red  (Source: BFW - click to enlarge)

Styria (German: Steiermark) is a federated state or Bundesland of Austria, located in the southeast, sharing borders with Slovenia. It comprises 16,400 km² and has a population of 1.2 million. The capital Graz counts 265,000 inhabitants.

 

Styria, termed the 'green heart of Austria', is covered by around 1 million ha of forest or 61% of the land area. Forests are composed by 70% of coniferous, 12% of mixed and 17% of deciduous forest stands. The growing forest stock counts circa 300 million m³ and the annual timber harvest is about 5.5 million m³. 90% of the forests are privately owned, and 55% are small 'family forests' properties of less than 200 ha.

 

The Styrian forest-based sector comprises 5,300 enterprises, 56,000 employees and an annual production value of over 4 billion euros. The sector includes 300 primary wood processing units, 6 major pulp and paper mills, 200 timber construction companies and around 1,200 carpenties. 7,000 or 25% of 28,000 jobs in the Austrian sawmill and timber industry are located in Styria. The vast majority are mainly family-owned small and medium-sized enterprises. The traditional forest sector is an essential source of income in the rural area. With an export quota of 65%, it is strongly oriented towards trade, with main export markets in Germany and Italy.

 


Official webportal: www.steiermark.at

RERAM partner: HCS - Wood Cluster Styria