AlpES
Alpine Ecosystem Services – mapping, maintenance and management
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Overview

In October 2018, storm Vaia knocked down 42.000 hectares of woodlands in the Italian Alps. Several mountain villages suddenly found themselves under new avalanche paths as winter approached. Protection against snow slides is just one example of the contributions of ecosystems to human well-being, although they are often overlooked until it is too late. AlpES worked to raise awareness and involve stakeholders, but also to answer the need for information of many policymakers. To achieve this, the project partners gathered the policy tools available in the Alpine countries and harmonised the mapping and assessment of ecosystem services.

Factsheet

  • 2014 – 2020
  • Liveable
  • Enhance the protection, the conservation and the ecological connectivity of Alpine Space ecosystems
    • Group 6: To preserve and valorise natural resources, including water and cultural resources
    • Group 7: To develop ecological connectivity in the whole EUSALP territory
  • 12/2015
  • 12/2018
  • 2.265.507 EUR
  • 1.829.886 EUR

Partners

European Academy of Bozen/Bolzano (Lead partner)
  • Lead partner
  • Italy
  • Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano/Bozen
  • Bolzano
    University of Innsbruck
    • Austria
    • Tirol
    • Innsbruck
        Austrian Academy of Sciences
        • Austria
        • Tirol
        • Innsbruck
            Centre For Studies and Expertise on Risks, Environment, Mobility, and Urban and Country planning
            • France
            • Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
            • Aix en Provence cedex
                Safe Mountain Foundation
                • Italy
                • Valle d'Aosta/Vallée d'Aoste
                • Courmayeur
                    Veneto Region
                    • Italy
                    • Veneto
                    • Venezia Mestre
                        Piedmont Region
                        • Italy
                        • Piemonte
                        • Torino
                            The Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for nature conservation
                            • Slovenia
                            • Zahodna Slovenia
                            • Ljubljana
                                Principality of Liechtenstein, Office of Environment
                                • Liechtenstein
                                • Liechtenstein
                                • Vaduz
                                    Institute for Environmental Planning and Spatial Development
                                    • Germany
                                    • Oberbayern
                                    • München
                                        • 46.494530211.3472734
                                        • 47.26793911.378443180594596
                                        • 47.2633933511.345768875261214
                                        • 46.6033541.8883335
                                        • 45.78742486.9730618
                                        • 45.478116912.2530442
                                        • 45.07264717.6678075
                                        • 46.048437514.4932309
                                        • 47.1374092500000059.519122149999996
                                        • 48.151034611.578677173342168

                                        Outcomes


                                        • Final Publication. Ecosystem Services and governance in the Alps

                                          Strategy
                                          Tools and Tips for effective Environmental Management and Territorial Development.
                                          Tools and Tips for effective Environmental Management and Territorial Development.

                                        • Ecosystem Services in the Alps: A short report

                                          Strategy
                                          As a basis for joint action, public authorities, policy makers, NGOs and economic actors need a common understanding of ecosystem services, comparable information on their status and support in using tools for integrating them in their fields of work.
                                          Ecosystems and their services go beyond national borders and need a transnational approach for their dynamic protection, sustainable use, management and risk prevention. As a basis for joint action, public authorities, policy makers, NGOs and economic actors need a common understanding of ecosystem services, comparable information on their status and support in using tools for integrating them in their fields of work. The document is available in all alpine languages on the project website.

                                        • Alpine ecosystem services concept

                                          Strategy
                                          This booklet develops and fosters a common understanding of ecosystem services for decision-makers, public administrations and the public at large.
                                          This booklet develops and fosters a common understanding of ecosystem services for decision-makers, public administrations and the public at large. It introduces the concept, its opportunities, challenges and obstacles/bottlenecks, and also provides insights into what we know about ecosystem services in the Alpine area. Furthermore, it outlines how it can be implemented in day-to-day business activities.

                                        • AlpES WebGIS

                                          Strategy
                                          In the WebGIS AlpES stakeholders can create their own ecosystem services maps and use these to inform themselves about the state of individual ecosystem services in their municipality or region.
                                          Part of the AlpES project was the development of an interactive and interoperable AlpES WebGIS through which ecosystem services (ES) indicators and their metadata are made available. A geographic Information System (GIS) is a computer system designed to capture, store, manipulate and present spatial (or geographic) data. GIS can show many different kinds of data on one map, using any information that includes a location. In this way, people can compare different elements in order to understand how they relate to one another. In the case of the AlpES WebGIS, data that can be visualised on the map include the eight selected ES. In the WebGIS AlpES stakeholders can create their own ES maps and use these to inform themselves about the state of individual ES in their municipality or region.

                                        • WIKIAlps

                                          Strategy
                                          WIKIAlps is a knowledge and information platform for everyone interested in a sustainable, balanced, and shared territorial development in the Alpine Space.
                                          The AlpES project partners are contributing towards streamlining information in the Alpine Space by making information and results publicly available through the WIKIAlps website. The WIKIAlps is accessible to the general public and everyone with expertise on Alpine Space topics is invited to share their knowledge by editing or creating new pages. By expanding the WIKIAlps with information related to the AlpES project, the website is strengthening its position as an important knowledge platform on the Alpine space...

                                        • AlpES e-learning tool

                                          Strategy
                                          The AlpES Learning Tool responds to different purposes: acquiring information, learning how to implement ecosystem services in territorial development and environmental management, or for decision-making processes.
                                          The AlpES project’s overall aim is to introduce ecosystem services (ES) as a contribution to a regional/transnational environmental governance and train and support AlpES stakeholders – public authorities, policy makers, NGOs, researchers and economic actors – in understanding, valuing and managing them.