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What is the Office of the Tyrolean Environmental Ombudsman?
The Office of the Environmental Ombudsman is part of the regional administration of the Tyrol. Our main task is to represent the interests of nature and the environment.
What does the Tyrolean Environmental Ombudsman do?
We represent the interests of the environment in the relevant proceedings, i.e. we endeavour to protect the diversity, character and beauty of the Tyrol’s natural and cultural landscape in the framework of official approval procedures. Our aim is not to reject every proposal submitted but simply to ensure observance of the relevant laws.
How many people work in the Office of the Tyrolean Environmental Ombudsman?
There are eight people in the Innsbruck office. In the case of nature conservation proceedings in the outlying districts, Nature Conservation Officers act on behalf of the Environmental Ombudsman. There are currently fourteen Nature Conservation Officers in the Tyrol. They work on an honorary basis.
Why are you always against everything?
We are not really against anything; we are simply there to protect the natural environment. In many cases it is a question of going about things in the right way. Together with our experts, we collaborate with applicants and planners to find sustainable solutions. We only lodge an appeal in 3% of all cases, i.e. we object to proposals which we do not consider acceptable from an environmental point of view.
How many proceedings are you involved in per year?
The Environmental Ombudsman has party status in about 1200 approval procedures per year. A detailed opinion is submitted for every project requiring approval (from an extension to an existing path to construction of the Brenner Base Tunnel).
Where are you to be found?