The Austrian Association for Integrated Plant Protection is an association under public law and is subject to the applicable statutory regulations. Membership is voluntary. The working group was founded on 17 February 1959 and represents an association of those interested in sustainable crop protection. The "Austrian Association for Integrated Plant Protection" (ÖAIP) has its primary commitment in scientific research and in education of IPM (integrated pest management). Furthermore, all activities of the association should serve the dissemination of the idea of IPM as well as to implement already well defined measures or research results in this field. Agriculture and forestry as well as horticultural production will be supported in all corresponding efforts to protect the crops from harmful organisms in Austria. The association is a non profit organisation.