In October 2018, Vaia storm knocked down 42.000 hectares of woodlands in the Italian Alps. Several mountain villages suddenly found themselves under new avalanche paths as winter approached. Snowslide protection is only one of the contributions ecosystems make to human well-being, although these are often overlooked until it’s too late.

AlpES has worked to raise awareness and involve stakeholders, but also to answer the need for information of many policymakers. To achieve this, the project partners have gathered the policy tools available in the Alpine nations and harmonised the mapping and assessment of ecosystem services.

Read more about the project here.