Conference: Trees – Fear of Litigation versus Biodiversity

A recent study of the Institute of Environmental Law at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz showed that the legal situation of trees in Austria is unsatisfying and leads in many cases to the removal of old valuable trees as a result of fear of litigation. (JKU Linz, Claudia Jandl, Erika Wagner: Umweltbedingte Haftungsfragen Jan Sramek Verlag 2016)

The study also contains suggestions for the neccessary changes of law which will be discussed at the conference in Seitenstetten.

Trees have important functions for the environment and thus beneficial effects on human dwellers especially in urban areas. The effects of the aspired law changes would be positive in different areas:

  • Excessive liability demands for tree owners would be limited
  • Ecologically valuable trees could be maintained
  • Cost-savings could be achieved


Conference Dates:

Thursday, 5th of October 2017, Stift Seitenstetten, Lower Austria

Preliminary programme

  1. Welcoming
  2. Problem Definition
  3. Impulse from abroad
  4. Three pillars of sustainability
    natural protection – economy – social aspects
  5. Law
  6. Lunch break
  7. Working groups with moderation and conclusive consultation of the participants