December 1984

Savior of Danube alluvial forest

1983-84 Franz Weber fought to save the alluvial forest from Danube to Hainburg, close to Vienna. The Austrian government wanted to destroy it to build a gigantic hydraulic station. Franz Weber alerts the international public. Also Konrad Lorenz, zoologist and specialist of animal behavior, supported him.

On December 8th 1984, days before the planned slaughter, to Weber’s initiative, 12,000 people gathered at Bröckelwiese, at the heart of the alluvial forest to defend the territory. Franz Weber made an ignited speech that motivated the protesters to occupy the forest during the following night. The manifestation grew: Students from different universities and thousands of Austrians and Europeans from all social strata joined. Thanks to this action, the pharaonique project was abandoned. The alluvial forest of Hainburg became the first natural park in Austria.