The Biosphere Park
Biosphere Reserve Nockberge
Ancient cultural and natural scenery: UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in Carinthia
In 1980, the Carinthian public made a forward-looking decision: the Nockalm was not to become a ski circus, but was to serve as an exemplary alpine region and as a habitat and recreational space for future generations. Protecting the diverse flora and fauna was just as important as preserving the countrified scenery in the west of the Gurktal Alps. UNESCO recognised these efforts in 2012, awarding the natural protection site the designation Biosphere Reserve. Around the world, Biosphere Reserves represent unique natural and cultural regions. The focus is on the combination of natural biodiversity, cultural characteristics, sustainable farming and international research.