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The website

The site provides basic information about participation and sustainable development, introduces related issues such as environmental mediation, refers to interesting case histories of successful participation processes, includes a survey of specialized literature and gives details of forthcoming events – and that’s not all. It originated as an information platform set up in the aftermath of the First Symposium on Environmental Mediation in 2001, with the main focus on environmental mediation. Since then it has been developed and expanded into a central information facility for the issue of participation and sustainable development in Europe.


Strategic responsibility for the website's content is in the hands of two experts, who have long been concerned with questions linked to the issue of participation:

Mag.a Eva Mastny

E: eva.mastny(at)
T: +43-1-51522/1213

The website was originally set up on Rita Trattnigg’s initiative in 2001. Rita Trattnigg works in the Austrian Ministry of the Environment, where she is responsible for the issue of sustainable development (at the EU and national levels) with special emphasis on participation and governance. Martina Handler

E: Martina.handler(at)
T: +43.1.315 63 93-21
F: +43.1.315 63 93-22

Martina Handler has a degree in political science and is a mediator; she is in charge of the field of participation at ÖGUT. She works on public participation in theory and practice, cooperative conflict resolution and sustainable development.

The website team made up of Jasmine Bachmann, Petra Blauensteiner and Julia Fielitz sees to processing content and keeping the website up to date. Abaton is responsible for technical implementation.