AlpES 
Alpine Ecosystem Services – mapping, maintenance and management
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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 - Institute of Ecology
    • Austria
    • Tirol
    • Innsbruck
      Austrian Academy of Sciences - Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research
      • 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 - Parks Biodiversity Forest Planning and Consumer Protection Section
            • Italy
            • Veneto
            • Venezia Mestre
              Piedmont Region - Environment, Energy and Territory Directorate
              • Italy
              • Piemonte
              • Torino
                The Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for nature conservation
                • Slovenia
                • Zahodna Slovenia
                • Ljubljana
                  CIPRA International on behalf of the Principality of Liechtenstein, Office of Environment
                  • Liechtenstein
                  • Liechtenstein
                  • Vaduz
                    Institute for Environmental Planning and Spatial Development
                    • Germany
                    • Oberbayern
                    • München
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                      Outcomes


                      • Final Publication. Ecosystem Services and governance in the Alps

                        Strategy
                        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.

                      • Film: What are ecosystem services?

                        Strategy
                        In this animation, researchers from Eurac Research and their partners explain what ecosystem services are.
                        Throughout the past decade, the topic of ecosystem services has become extremely popular in research, resulting in a huge variety of definitions and terms. For example, ecosystem services are defined as benefits people obtain from ecosystems; or the direct and indirect contributions of ecosystems to human well-being. In this animation, we show you few Alpine relevant ecosystem services such as pure groundwater that we use as drinking water, Alpine grasslands and meadows that provide biomass, CO2 sequestration by Alpine forests, or recreation opportunities.

                      • Project observers

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                        In this file, you can find a list of the project observers.