Forests and mountain ecosystems can play an important role in reducing natural hazards and risks in the Alpine Space, as they are able to protect against avalanches, torrents, landslides or rock-fall. However, few strategies or policy concepts have been developed on how to integrate forests and ecosystem services in risk governance. Therefore, GreenRisk4ALPs developed an ecosystem-based concept to support risk governance regarding natural hazards and climate impacts by focusing on forests as affordable and long-term risk solution. The project partners developed new tools and recommendations for practitioners and policy makers to contribute to a sustainable and safe Alpine risk management.
- 2014 – 2020
- Enhance the protection, the conservation and the ecological connectivity of Alpine Space ecosystems
- Group 8: To improve risk management and to better manage climate change, including major natural risks prevention
- 2.421.337 EUR
- 2.050.711 EUR
- Lead partner
- Michaela Teich
- Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano/Bozen
- Valle d'Aosta/Vallée d'Aoste
- Zahodna Slovenia
- Zahodna Slovenia
Road map for a multiple actor and decision targeted information processToolThe GreenRisk4Alps project examines innovative forest-based solutions in support of the Alpine risk management. Risk management is related to gravitational natural hazards – snow avalanches, rock fall and landslides, and this document is about tailoring risk management solutions.Firstly, by “Diagnosis” an individual actor is estimating the relevance of the GR4A scientific information for his own risk management or forest use. An estimation of relevance depends on (i) the specific problem the actor is dealing with, (ii) the potential allies the actor could win for implementing solution(s) in praxis and (iii) the link between praxis solution(s) and currently relevant public goals. Only in the case that the relevance is estimated as high it makes sense to go to the second step. Secondly, by “Consultation” an individual actor estimates the soundness of the scientific information while consulting researchers. Actor gets into direct contact with researchers, either through already existing channels, like meeting places, or by creating new ones. Within such integration forums the actor gets the possibility to estimate the limits of scientific results and better evaluate own science-based solution. Further on, the own solution can be fine-tuned in a close science-praxis discourse. Finally, the credibility can be checked, i.e. in how far the research was adhering to the principles of good scientific practice. Thirdly, in the preparation for the “Implementation”, the actor is checking the legal framework and the economic resources for the preferred solution. In addition, this solution has to be well embedded into democracy and good governance.
Protective forest assessment toolToolThe Protective Forest Assessment Tool (FAT) is a decision support tool that was created within the Interreg Alpine Space project - GreenRisk4ALPs (ASP 635). The innovative tool offers user-tailored support for practitioners involved in ecosystem-based natural hazard risk management.For more information about FAT, please visit the GreenRisk4ALPs project website and select the report Construction of the innovative and new Protective Forest Assessment Tool - FAT.
Decision oriented risk assessment for natural hazards in Alpine SpaceNetworkFor more information on the approaches mentioned in the video please consult the project deliverables and the Forest Handbook Vol. 1 available at the link below: https://www.alpine-space.eu/projects/greenrisk4alps/en/outputs/reports-downloads