The AlpES project is carried out by a strong partnership of ten partners from six Alpine countries (Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein and Slovenia ). The project partners have various backgrounds, ranging from public research institutes, a private planning and consultancy agency, to public authorities, ensuring access to a wide variety of stakeholders. The project partners are supported by twenty observers with strong interest in ecosystem services in the Alpine space.
- EURAC | European Academy of Bozen/Bolzano
- UIBK | University of Innsbruck
- IGF/ÖAW | The Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research, Austrian Academy of Sciences
- CEREMA | Centre For Studies and Expertise on Risks, Environment, Mobility, and Urban and Country planning
- FondMS | Safe Mountain Foundation
- VR | Veneto Region
- PiemR | Piedmont Region
- IRSNC | The Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for nature conservation
- Office of Environment |Principality of Liechtenstein
- Ifuplan |Institute for Environmental Planning and Spatial Development
European Academy of Bozen/Bolzano (EURAC)
The EURAC Institute for Alpine Environment leads the AlpES project. It is responsible for a transnational mapping and assessment of ecosystem services in the Alpine space and coordinates the testing and application of the results in selected study regions. EURAC has many years of experience with international projects both as a partner and a lead partner. Thanks to its international network of partner institutions and since it is deeply rooted in the region, EURAC can reach a high number of stakeholders. The EURAC – Institute for Alpine Environment is engaged in applied ecosystem research and landscape ecology, ecosystem services and sustainable development in mountain areas employing experimental field research, computer simulations as well as participative approaches. The institute is active from the local to the transnational level and develops outputs for different target groups.
University of Innsbruck, Institute of Ecology
The Institute of Ecology of the University of Innsbruck has long-standing experiences in integrated research on the ecology of mountain areas, bridging the scale from organisms to ecosystems and landscapes and incorporating links to socioeconomic research. The scientists at the institute are very experienced to work in a multi- and trans-disciplinary environment and are well integrated in national and international networks. A range of EU and national projects have contributed studies on the biodiversity, global change impacts on ecosystems, their services and their resilience to environmental, socio-economic and political changes in the Alps performing indicator development, implementation and evaluation at different levels. Based on its expertise on mapping and assessment of ecosystem services in the Alpine space and the development and implementation of Alpine-wide indicators, it will strongly contribute to a common vision of ecosystem services, indicator development and mapping of ecosystem services.
Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
The Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research (ÖAW/IGF) has expertise thematically in human–environment interactions, cultural landscape development, and regionally in the Alps and other mountain regions. ÖAW/IGF has special competences in web GIS and wiki development, computer cartography, data harmonisation/interpretation, participation methods and capacity building. Researchers of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research have led two EU projects (DIAMONT and mountain.TRIP) and participated in others (e.g. WIKIAlps).
ÖAW/IGF participates actively in all AlpES project activities and regularly involves selected stakeholders in the project development in order to pave the way for a successful transfer of project results. ÖAW/IGF is responsible in the AlpES project for the development of an interactive and interoperable web GIS and for providing technical structure and support for updating WIKIAlps. The Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research of the Austrian Academy of Sciences also contributes to the technical development of an e-learning tool in the AlpES project.
Centre for Studies and Expertise on Risks, Environment, Mobility, and Urban and Country planning
Cerema is a public body rooted in local territories. Placed under the joint supervision of the ministry for Environment, Energy and Sea and the ministry for sustainable Housing, Cerema is a resource centre for scientific and technical expertise, in support of the definition, implementation and evaluation of public policies, carried by national and local authorities. Cerema will participate actively in all project activities and regularly involve the two French observers (French Ministry for Ecology, Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur) in the project development in order to pave the way for a successful transfer of project results to French stakeholders and the policy level. It will bring its expertise and experience from the French assessment of ecosystems and services (EFESE) into the AlpES project and carry out all French activities.
Safe Mountain Foundation
Created in 2002 by the Autonomous Region of Aosta Valley, the Safe Mountain Foundation (FondMS) lies in Courmayeur at the foot of Mont Blanc and operates as a training and documentary centre on phenomena and problems related to life, safety and rescue at high altitude and as a research centre focused on innovative application of new technologies in mountain territories. It holds expertise in sustainable development, geographic information systems (GIS), thematic cartography, data management and supports local authorities & decision makers in territorial planning. Since 2008, FondMS is an accredited training provider for lifelong learning and higher education actively involved in the transfer of knowledge acquired in scientific research activities to the technical community, professionals and decision makers by means of website information, organisation of workshops as well as training modules. Hence, FondMS coordinates the development of a suite of training tools/formats to facilitate the multi-level and cross-sectorial transfer of AlpES results to the maximum number of stakeholders.
Veneto Region - Parks Biodiversity Forest Planning and Consumer Protection Section
The Section of Parks Biodiversity Forest Planning and Consumer Protection is the regional authority in Veneto responsible for the management of protected areas, such as Regional Natural Parks and Nature 2000 sites. It also manages the whole woodlands area, establishing laws and regulations for private and public forest properties in line with the sustainable forest management principles. It also provides regional and European funds (i.e. Rural Development Programme) to support social and economic aspects of mountain and rural areas.
AlpES project proposal meets the new challenges the region pursues: to enhance and promote multi-functional forests that can deliver a wide range of ecosystem services (ES) and can be resilient to climate change effects. The output of the project could have an influence on the future policies adopted at regional level in the thematic field of forest management, biodiversity conservation, environmental and landscape preservation. Veneto Region will involve all the relevant stakeholders of the pilot area, belonging to the Local Action Group (LAG) Alto Bellunese, with a participative approach, in order to promote ES concept, to identify the significative ES for local population and, in case, to support the establishment of local markets.
Piedmont Region – Environmental, Territorial Government and Protection Directorate – Strategic Planning and Green Economy Sector
The Directorate merges the responsibilities for the environment, territorial, and landscaping government in a multi-sectoral and sustainable perspective, also participating in initiatives and projects at the regional, national and European level.
The Sector promotes:
- Integrated projects of protection and Exploitation of Natural Resources and Territorial Local Development;
- Participation in Programs, Strategic Initiatives and projects of regional and supra-regional level in the implementation of environmental and territorial sustainability policies;
- Local promotion of Training Planning Tools;
- Green economy;
- Accounting and Environmental Balance;
- Costs of Natural Resources , Environmental and ecosystem services;
- Education for environmental sustainability.
Piedmont Region will participate actively in all AlpES’ activities and regularly involve its local/regional stakeholders in the project development in order to pave the way for a successful transfer of project results to stakeholders and the policy level.
The Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Nature Conservation
The IRSNC was founded in 1999 when the Nature Conservation Act was adopted. Its main vocation is to conserve nature in Slovenia, with a special care devoted to its most valuable and most threatened parts. The Institute has a significant impact on land use planning and use of natural resources using the nature protection guidelines. It monitors the state of conservation of protected species and their habitats and valuable natural features. It educates on the sustainable co-existence of man and nature. The institution is dedicated to various national and international projects enhancing nature conservation.
IRSNC participates actively in all project activities. The institute cooperates with other project partners in the development of the concept of ecosystem services with an emphasis on the protection of biodiversity. Much emphasis will also be placed on the exchange on results with different stakeholders, mostly on sectoral level. By using tools, developed in the scope of the project, IRSNC will prepare approaches for involving ecosystem services in national policies as well as on more operational levels of spatial and sectoral planning. Results of the project will be integrated into as much regular activities as possible.
Office of Environment
The Office of Environment (OE) is responsible for agriculture, forest and landscape and environmental protection. Within the context of environmental protection the OE supervises also ecosystem services in Liechtenstein. Some tasks include informing stakeholders from all sectors on the sustainable use of these services. Due to the Principality of Liechtenstein’s unique characteristics the OE brings to the project experience as a policy-maker as well as a facilitator for managing user conflicts. This is complemented by practical expertise in translating policy and strategy into tangible, sustainable ecosystem services solutions on the ground working with stakeholders such as local authorities and other sectors.
The OE is participating in all project activities and regularly involves selected stakeholders in order to pave the way for a successful transfer of project results. It is leading the project’s communication activities. For the implementation of all project activities the OE has subcontracted CIPRA International.
Institute for Environmental Planning and Spatial Development
Ifuplan, a private company founded in 1993, stated in Munich provides consulting activities in the field of environmental planning and spatial development from the international to the local level. Especially its activities on the interface between research and practice gain relevance for the practical implementation of the ecosystem services approach.
Being involved in the expert group on the TEEB (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity) process ifuplan carried out a fundamental work towards assessment and mapping of ecosystem services on the national level in Germany. Definition of relevant ecosystem services indicators, data collection and GIS mapping of ecosystem services have been conducted to operationalise the ecosystem services concept.
In the AlpES project ifuplan is responsible for the coordination of the activities referring to “Ecosystem services – Alpine concept”. This includes the 1) development of common understanding on ecosystem services 2) assessment on national instruments suitable to integrate ecosystem services in regional environmental governance/ decision making support 3) analysis and development of harmonised ecosystem services mapping/assessment concept 4) by active involvement of German stakeholders in the Alpine Space.