Events of National Federations
2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development
UNESCO Club Vienna in partnership with the Family Abensberg und Traun
Exhibition “The Power of Nature”
St John the Baptist Chapel, Petronell Carnuntum
24 June to 23 July 2017
Included on the Celebrations Map and Calendar for the 2017 IYSTD
Report of the International Year to the United Nations General Assembly
Petronell Carnuntum is the largest Roman burial site in Austria and in 2014 Carnuntum received the first "European Cultural Heritage Seal" from the European Commission. The main tourist attractions are the Archaeological Park Carnuntum and the Donau-Auen National Park. The exhibition aims to increase awareness among all stakeholders — including tourists — of the impact of travel and tourism on society and the environment.
Abensberg und Traun (now usually written Abensperg-Traun) is the name of one of the oldest extant aristocratic families in Central Europe. The Trauns are one of the 12 so-called "Apostle Houses", i.e. the families which had already played a historical role during the period of Babenberg rule of Austria (976 to 1246). To this day, the family owns large estates in Austria, as well as a number of castles and fortresses and present a model for creating sustainable synergies with respect to land use for agriculture and development while supporting sustainable tourism and preservation of cultural heritage.
The exhibition aims to highlight the medicinal and culinary traditions of herbs and plants growing in the region through the chromatograms and water colours of local artist Mathilde Hoerler in association with plant expert Karl Hillebrand, lecturer at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna. BOKU is a member of the Euroleague for Life Sciences university network.
The exhibition also features photo collage panels of the National Park Donau-Auen. An initiative of the UNESCO Club Vienna and the Austrian Kazakh Association (Towards ASTANA 2017).
The Roman Empire, in its territorial extent, was one of the greatest empires the world has known. Substantial remains survive (clockwise from the west) in the UK, The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Israel, Iraq, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco. Starting on the western coast of northern Britain, the frontier in Europe then ran along the rivers Rhine and Danube, looping round the Carpathian Mountains to the Black Sea. The eastern frontier, stretching from the Black Sea to the Red Sea and running through mountains, great river valleys and the desert. To the south, Rome’s protective cordon embraced Egypt and then ran along the northern edge of the Sahara Desert to the Atlantic shore in Morocco.
Two of the most important transnational communications routes of the Roman Empire in Europe were the transnational West-East running Limes road and the North-South leading Amber route. The Amber route crossed the Danube in the Carnuntum region and acted as one of the most important springboards for diplomatic and political interventions as well as for people, culture and technology transfer between the Roman Empire and the tribal territories in the North (Barbaricum). The Frontiers of the Roman Empire, including the region of Carnuntum, is on the UNESCO World Heritage Site Tentative List (Date of Submission: 09/02/2015)