AlpsLife 
Protect Alpine Life by monitoring and managing Alpine biodiversity for the future. “Observing globally, acting locally” .
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  • 2021 – 2027
  • Climate resilient and green Alpine region
  • SO 1.2 - Enhancing protection and preservation of nature, biodiversity and green infrastructure, including in urban areas, and reducing all forms of pollution
    • 2.916.176 EUR
    • 2.082.132 EUR

    Partners

    Eurac Research (Lead partner)
    • Lead partner
    • Italy
    • Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano/Bozen (ITH1)
    • Bolzano
    University of Innsbruck
    • Austria
    • Tirol (AT33)
    • Innsbruck
    ALPARC – the Alpine Network of Protected Areas
    • France
    • Rhône-Alpes (FRK2)
    • Chambéry
      CIPRA International Lab GmbH
      • Austria
      • Vorarlberg (AT34)
      • Feldkirch
      Italian Institute for Environmental Protection and Research
      • Italy
      • Lazio (ITI4)
      • Roma
      Berchtesgaden National Park Administration
      • Germany
      • Oberbayern (DE21)
      • Berchtesgaden
      Triglav National Park
      • Slovenia
      • Zahodna Slovenija (SI04)
      • Bled
      Gesäuse National Park
      • Austria
      • Steiermark (AT22)
      • Admont
      Asters, Haute-Savoie Conservatory of Natural Spaces
      • France
      • Rhône-Alpes (FRK2)
      • Annecy
      Gran Paradiso National Park
      • Italy
      • Piemonte (ITC1)
      • Torino
      Swiss National Park
      • Switzerland
      • Ostschweiz (CH05)
      • Zernez
      ERSAF – Stelvio National Park
      • Italy
      • Lombardia (ITC4)
      • Bormio (SO)
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      Outcomes


      • Comprehensive Alpine Biodiversity Data Hub and indicators

        Database of existing spatial variables (maps) integrating with high-quality in-situ data gathered in A2.1. Biodiversity assessment toolkit enhanced by harnessing insights from previous AS projects (ALPBIONET2030, OpenSpaceAlps) and expanding surrogate indicators to assess biodiversity changes and patterns, providing valuable resources for pan-Alpine assessments. AlpsLife provides downloadable maps on the ATLAS platform (https://www.atlas.alpconv.org/), ensuring long-term data accessibility.

      • Synthesis of the spatial information and identification of priority conservation areas

        UTAAs for biodiversity conservation (monitoring and/or restoration) are proposed for 6 PMAs (i.e. including Pilot Macro Areas, Alpine Protected Areas and not protected areas). Observers translating the findings at European scale to the Alpine scale: The GMBA and MRI, Ministries, or sectoral agencies (AT, IT, FR, CH, DE, SI, LI, MO) vd A1.3

      • Identification of areas with data information gaps on MSs and indicators or indices based on selected taxa

        Maps based on a review of monitoring schemes (MSs) in use and existing data in the Alps. Applying European ecological indices or indicators (EI) for aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, special emphasis is given to species listed in the Birds and Habitats Directives, rare species, indicator species, or specific taxonomic groups (birds and butterflies). Maps are accessible by https://www.atlas.alpconv.org/ coherently with output OI.1.2 and WP1 activities. Observers: Biodiversa+ (FR), UNiTo (IT)

      • Overview on how to produce comparable and interoperable data for project partners and potential participating observers

        Summary and description on how to create compliant data based on reviewing the compatibility and interoperability of existing MSs for aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems in EUSALP. The maintenance of compliant spatially explicit data enables researchers and decision-makers to explore the dataset and to use indicators for future actions, even in areas where data on ecological indicators, species trends and monitoring schemes are not readily (or not yet) available.

      • Network of Pilot monitoring areas for an early warning system of Alpine biodiversity evolution based on standardised protocol and agreed species indicators

        Permanent monitoring activities on species and habitat types with 6 APAs on the findings of the project (D.2.3.1, D.2.4.1, D.3.3.1, D.3.4.1, A3.3 and A3.4) and commonly developed indicators and agreed protocol on selected species and habitats (NATURA2000) comprising alien species. The monitoring sites are included in a first time APAs and contribute to biodiversity monitoring on an EU and biogeographical level (EU-BDS 2030, EU NRL, GBF). Interaction with AlpConv and EUSALP AG6 and AG7 (A4.4).

      • Tool Kit to streamline biodiversity indicators, researched by AlpsLife, theoretically and practically tested on technical and political implementability on Alpine macro-area level

        A practically tested governance structure showcases how various administrative levels, and other data collectors, can collaborate to contribute to streamlining biodiversity indicators and to secure monitoring activities on the long run, that pay into biodiversity targets of the Alps. Part of the Tool Kit is a proposal for a harmonized “modus operandi” between EUSALP and AlpConv on how to establish the AlpsLife Core Group as a permanent working group for monitoring activities in the Alps.