Sustainable use and management of non native trees in the alpine region

The Usage Value of Non Native Trees - Alptrees Timber Report

Although NNT products are already widely used in Europe, they have not received attention in the New EU Forestry Strategy agenda. Accordingly, the ALPTREES project has the merit of promoting the added value of NNTs for Europe´s forests and related value chains. The authors also open the debate on the existing and potential markets of NNT assortments and create more confidence in their current and future use. The document can be seen as a first attempt to raise awareness among customers and decision makers about the use of NNT wood. In a compact format, the report summarizes the practical scientific findings on the most important NNT species for the timber market. The report also provides a preliminary outlook on the economic value of NNTs wood products along the timber value chains of some Alpine countries. Furthermore, it illustrates in a simple and intuitive way some valuable experiences made by companies active in the Alpine Space.


A.T2.2 Citizen Science on Trees in the City & Forests

The ALPTREES Citizen Science approach

Urban trees, especially on private properties are usually not monitored. A citizen science activity supports the collection of data on urban and forest trees, raise awareness among the general public regarding the question of alien and native trees; This activity establishs a framework and information system for early detection and rapid response (EWRR) to alien species, improves capacity to manage the EWRR by mobilizing and training both professionals and volunteers. We selected the iNaturalist App, which gives the advantage to be part of a larger initiative. The App will be integrated is a specifically skilled “serious game” for a crowdsourcing campaign for the online App, which includes a public user survey to identify the links between ecosystem services and public perception.


D.T4.1.4 ALPTREES French Stakeholder Workshop

Invitation to the ALPTREES French Stakeholder Webinar on 3rd of February 2021. We are pleased to invite you to our ALPTREES French Stakeholder Webinar on the Sustainable Use and Management of Non-Native Trees in Urban, Peri-Urban and Forest Ecosystems in the Alpine Region, organized by Cerema and INRAe. The meeting will be held in French language.

The overall objective of ALPTREES is to improve knowledge-based decision-making on the responsible use and management of non-native tree (NNT) in the Alpine Space by developing a transnational strategy on NNT. We are inviting participants to share their work and knowledge on non-native trees in forests as well as in urban areas and to participate in this participative process within the network of stakeholders of the Webinar.


D.T4.1.4 ALPTREES Slovenian Stakeholder Workshop

Wednesday sept, 30th 2020 the ALPTREES Slovenian Stakeholder Workshop took place in the Crystal Hall of Sokolski dom, Škofja Loka. The live event was organized by Development agency Sora in cooperation with ALPTREES project partners Slovenian Forestry Institute (SFI) and the Municipality of Maribor.

It was implemented by the Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Nature Conservation who also were responsible for the workshop design. The ALPTREES National Workshop was held with stakeholders and representatives in Slovenia in Slovenian language. Participants in the workshop were all experts and researchers in the field of forestry, nature conservation and horticulture or representatives of municipalities, who have experiences and interests in sustainable management and work with non-native tree species.

The opinions and experiences on NNT from the Slovenian participants are presented in the Minutes of the Slovenian Stakeholder Workshop published bellow.

The workshop was opened by Gašper Kleč (director of Development agency Sora), Katharina Lapin (Alptrees project leader, BFW Vienna), Aleksander Marinšek (ALPTREES project leader for Slovenian Forestry Institute) and Teo Hrvoje Oršanič (director of Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Nature Conservation). Professionals and researchers gave lectures from different areas - Tina Trampuš (Leader of the EUSALP Action Group 7, Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Nature Conservation) presented different views on NNT. - Robert Brus (Biotechnical faculty, Department of Forestry and Renewable Forest Resources)spoke about NNT and their potential for Slovenian forest the light of climate change. - Sonja Rozman (Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Nature Conservation) introduced the nature conservation aspect on NNT. - Lena Marion (Tisa enterprise) - Maks Merela (Biotechnical faculty, Department of wood science and technology) discussed about usefulness of invasive alien tree species from the urban environment.

Documents download
English: alptrees_dt4.1.4_slovenian_stakeholderworkshop_minutes_final.pdf
Slovenian: alptrees_dt4.1.4_nacionalna_delavnica_porocilo_final.pdf

by Matej Rupel


Aleksander Marinsek and Katharina Lapin welcome the audiences
Tina Trampus - from the strategy to the tree and back
Robert Brus - non native tree species an opportunity for Slovenian forests
Sonja Rozman - nature conservation view on non native tress species
Lena Marion - usefulness of invasive alien species from the urban environment
Maks Merela - usefulness of invasive alien species from the urban environment (2)

D.T4.1.1 Stakeholder Analysis

A.T4.1 Stakeholder Analysis

Dear colleagues, 

The ALPTREES project values the crucial role of the Stakeholders in the Alpine Space. Therefore today we are reaching out for your opinion and kind cooperation! To develop a "transnational guideline for the use and management of non-native tree (NNT) species throughout the Alpine Space", ALPTREES is conducting a Stakeholder Survey within the five   partner countries (Austria, Germany, Slovenia, France and  Italy). By participating in this survey, you will contribute towards understanding how NNTs are perceived and managed in the Alpine space.  

Your participation will immensely aid in framing policies for the management of NNTs in forests and urban spaces to adapt in times of climate change.

The survey questionnaire is translated into the  5  European languages i.e English, German, French, Slovenian and Italian. It will take only 20 minutes of your valuable time to fill-up the form. Please do use the QR Code or choose one of the links ( 5 links in 5 different languages)  in your relevant language below.

Please do keep in mind that every participant (in any 1 language) will take the survey Only Once.  For example, if you have already filled up the survey form in Italian and submitted then please don’t fill up another language form the second time.

IMPORTANT: Please refrain from taking the survey more than once.


If you want to print out the survey, please choose your language:

Italian: alptrees_survey_questionaire_it.pdf
French: alptrees_stakeholdersurvey2020_fr.pdf
Slovenian: alptrees_survey_questionnaire_sl.pdf
English: alptrees_stakeholdersurvey2020_en.pdf
German: alptrees_stakeholdersurvey2020_de.pdf

Currently, the survey deadline is set as 30th July 2020  which is liable to change if found necessary by the project team. The results of the survey will be analyzed until the end of September 2020. Please follow this space for more information on the survey findings and the project.

If you are interested, specifically in certain aspects of this survey or APLTREES, or want to share a suggestion, please do write to us in the following emails  (Your Email) and and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

You can also download the PDF copies of the survey questionnaire and fill it up manually and if required can post it to us in the address below :
Dr. Katharina Lapin,
Department of Silviculture and Forest Growth,
Seckendorff-Gudent-Weg 8,
1130 Wien​

Please don’t hesitate to share this survey with colleagues and associates and also ask them to move it forward- Pass it on!

Learn more about the power you have as stakeholders to change in this world for the better. Remember that every opinion counts and DOES MAKE AN IMPACT on the future management of our forests and trees!

D.T3.1.1 Open database on management measures for non-native trees

The open database will contain information on on-going and past non-native tree (NNT) management actions in the Alpine Space and elsewhere. The focus lies on the description of measures, costs/benefits, risks, and efficiency of measures. All knowledge materials produced for this deliverable will be available to other organisations/regions/countries outside the current partnership.

Download: deliverable-d.t3.1.1-open-database-on-nnt-management-measures.pdf