environmental politics

History of environmental policies aiming at the maintenance of the natural basis of human existence (e.g. health provision, protection of environmental goods, remediation of damages and downsights of anthropogenic intervention); chronologically limited to 19th and 20th centuries; environmental history work in particular from policy science.

The aims of the project are to develop a decision-making support tool – DeWOS; and to establish a permanent users network using a spin-off company, which will enable international cooperation and implementation of the software. DeWOS will encompass all existing relevant data on factors affecting wellbeing: environmental (water, air, soil, food quality and quantity), social-demographic (education, prosperity, migration, tourism and mobility, health services, safety) and economic factors (employment, industry, agriculture).

This diploma thesis, which was conducted in the framework of the project ”OPTIMA Lobau” comprises a qualitative analysis of human uses in the Viennese Lobau. In the past anthropogenic uses in the area of the Lobau were highly diverse. Until the breakdown of the Austrian monarchy the landscape, which was influenced by the dynamics of the Danube and the ownership relations, was dominated by an intense hunting use and game management. Limiting factors for an increase of use for e. g.

The Black Sea is the world’s most isolated sea. As its catchment area is six times larger than its surface area, and every year about 350 km³ of river water from an area covering almost a third of continental Europe flow into the Black Sea, the Sea is very vulnerable to pressures resulting from land-based human activities such as industry, agriculture and growing urban communities. These activities are potential sources of pollution, and if not properly managed can have a negative impact on the water quality and water uses.