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Learn more about the Vienna Tree Protection Act
- February 16, 2019 17:00
- Monika Dimitrova
The Vienna Tree Protection Act (1974) legislatively protects private and public trees across the city. The act was introduced in response to public interests and in recognition of the contribution that trees make to the urban environment. In order to remove a tree, a permit must be sought from the authorities under defined conditions.
City trees provide multiple ecosystem services and socio-economic benefits to cities and should not be underestimated. The experiences in Vienna, amongst other cities in Europe that have implemented tree protection legislation, demonstrate that this instrument can successfully maintain urban green space and act as a check on land use change. Future civil society engagement might explore how similar acts could be implemented in other cities, and in analysing the benefits which trees bring to Europe’s cities.
Source: Vienna Municipality