Linking Urban and Inner-Alpine Green Infrastructure - Multifunctional Ecosystem Services for more liveable territories

Metropolitan City of Milan (MCM) - Leadpartner

MCM is a public institution formally operating from the 01.01.2015 according to the National Law 56/2014.In 2015 it replaced the former Province of Milan, founded in 1860.MCM includes 134 municipalities,among which there’s also the City of Milan.Its territory is divided into 7 Homogeneous Zones.Its main tasks and functions: territorial and strategic planning, including infrastructures and ICT network, mobility and viability, economic and social development of the metropolitan area. It has a population of 3.284.000 inhabitants.MCM is a second level institution (between Lombardy Region and the Municipalities) at the centre of the entire local governance system, articulated in many partnerships of public institutions, utilities, universities, research centres, private and not-for profit enterprises;this context could be particularly relevant for the project aims because is well connected with other Lombard provinces and with rural areas of lakes and mountains of the whole alpine space.

MCM as LP has the reponsibility of the whole consortium correct fulfillment of the project and end results. It will surely contribute to the other WPs and in particuar the WP2 aiming to implement business models. Will organize the final meeting.



Lombardy Foundation for the Environment (FLA)

FLA is a permanent scientific advisor of the Lombardy Region in environmental policy-making. FLA developed severalpolicy-oriented projects on the protection of natural habitats, in the frame of EU Directives and recommendations on ecosystem services and green infrastructures. In the last decade, it has been engaged, on behalf of the Lombardy Region, on: • Regional Ecological Networks, • High-Value Farmlands of Lombardy, • Ecological corridors in protected areas, • National Biodiversity Strategy, • Management strategies of Natura 2000 sites, • Regional Plan for Protected Areas, • Ecological connectivity between protected areas in the Milan metropolitan area. • Priority Areas for Biodiversity in Lombardy • LIFE "Gestire" – Monitoring of fauna species. • LIFE "TIB – Trans Insubria Bionet" - Monitoring of birds and mammals. FLA has been project partner in several ASP projects. FLA is presently LP of ASP693 Cheers, PP in ASP384 YOUrALPS and PP in ASP 390 GoApply.

FLA is Leader of WPT2 that will develop with expertise and coordinate supervising the work of other PPs. FLA supported extensively the lead partner in the AF preparation phase. It will share its experience in project management with LP.


Metropolitan City of Turin (CityMetroTo)

Metropolitan City of Turin is a local authority at sub-regional level with regulatory, administrative and financial autonomy. CityMetroTo represents the territory and the communities that compose it, takes care of their interests and promotes the development. CityMetroTo has the following purposes, taking into account the specific territorial requirements: care of the strategic development of the metropolitan area with the adoption and annual update of the Strategic Plan; promotion and coordination of economic and social development promoting the protection and enhancement of cultural identities in an organic context, integrated and polycentric organization and integrated management of public services, infrastructures and communication networks mobility and viability promotion and coordination of information systems and digitization care of the institutional relations, to guaranteeing and promoting all forms of collaboration and cooperation with the cities and metropolitan areas of Europe .

MC will concentrate on communication strategy for the rediscover of city-mountain relationship and historical pathways as GI, through storytelling techniques, videos and interviews. It will implement 2 pilot actions in the involved territories

European Academy Bozen (EURAC)

EURAC Research has extensive experience in both participating and managing projects at local, national and international level and is currently involved in 74 3rd-party-funded projects. The Institute for Alpine Environment will be involved, due to its competences and experiences concerning: Ecosystem Services, ecosystem research and landscape ecology of mountain environments with a special focus on global change, sustainable development. The institute follows a problem- and user-oriented approach carrying out field research, computer simulations, and participative approaches. It is used to put its outputs into action from the local to the transnational level and tailored to different target groups, environments and needs.

EURAC will lead WPT1, in order to identify, describe and map the multiple benefits GI provides to society in selected regions; will develop guidelines for the management of multifunctional GI and the transfer of ESS knowledge to other regions; will participate in all other project activities and involve all levels stakeholders in the project run for a useful transfer of results to the policy level.

Bavarian State Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forestry (alpBayern)

Regional marketing - Product development – Marketing strategy - Project management - Quality management – regional market research - Languages:German,English,French alpBayern,the agency for Bavarian food products,conducts marketing activities both in Germany and abroad to promote sales of Bavarian food products.By working closely alongside governing bodies and institutions,as well as companies representing the Bavarian food industry,alp Bayern is responsible for implementing the following measures for the Bavarian food industry: - Organising promotional measures in Germany and abroad - Providing promotion material for events in food retail and relevant information(database of producers,specialities,publications)for the food industry and for export partners - Organising delegation visits and entrepreneur trips alp Bayern aims to: - Reinforce the market position and sales of Bavarian food products - Develop quality awareness for Bavarian food products among consumers.

Contribution to WP 2 as Project Partner:- Exploiting opportunities of metropolises in strengthening sustainable local supply chains. Invest in marketing campaigns and establish new distribution channels.

Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences (HSWT)

HSWT-IÖL has experiences in ES assessment, mapping on Alpine Space, national and local level (Germany). It developed practical recommendations for the implementation of ES to landscape planning. Focusing on applied research it has long-standing knowledge in management and planning of cultural landscapes, green infrastructure, nature-based tourism, cultural ES. Its´ expertise in spatial planning and participatory instruments provide a good basis for collaboration with target groups being involved in planning processes and transferring knowledge to the public. Through international project know-how (INTERREG, LEADER) a wide network of local and regional stakeholders has been established (government, agencies, associations e.g. ILE, LEADER regions, European Green Belt Association, EUSALP-AG7). It will involve observers with experiences in management of orchard meadows in the pilot regions (Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Consumer Protection, ANL, EMM, IUCN-CEC)

Leader of WP3 & contributor to WP1,4,5. It will use innovative participatory methods to collaborate with stakeholders & establish a module for landscape developers. It will synthesize and co-create knowledge in the pilot regions and stakeholders of LUIGI.

Grenoble-Alpes Metropolis (GAM)

Metropolitan authority gathering 49 Municipalities and 450,000 inhabitants, GAM is in charge among others of environmental (forestry, agriculture, biodiversity, recreational parks management) and urban planning (land use plan) policies with the will to work in an integrated approach.Concerning GI, the Metropole has defined a green-blue masterplan and now implement GI protection and valorisation through several actions financed by the Region and the ERDF. GAM is also managing 6 recreational parks. The ESS approach could highlight quality of these spaces in a context of strong urban pressure.At last, GAM is finishing the design of a new land use masterplan which will be in force at the end of 2019. The preservation and the valorisation of natural spaces will be at stakes in the next years and GAM needs to develop new tools. ESS approach is potentially of great added-value for managing and monitoring land use.

Contribution to all activities & implementing 3 pilot activities (with support of external expertise): - WP-T1: methodologies/tools to value the ecosystem services,- WP-T2: added-value of food policy, - WP-T4: tools to raise awareness on decision-makers

Regional management Burgenland (RMB)

RMB was founded in 1995 and is - commissioned by the Province of Burgenland - service provider and contact point for the entire population of Burgenland. The purpose of the company is to coordinate EU regional grants, foster the establishment of regional joint ventures, offer consulting, prepare surveys and planning documents, innovation and pilot projects as well as monitor and evaluate EU projects. The main activities are: -to inform people about the EU -to develop cooperation projects in the regions and to carry out pilot projects -coordination of EU regional funding –Establishing regional cooperation -preparation of studies and planning documents -Monitoring and evaluation of EU projects The six nature parks of Burgenland are managed and coordinated by the ARGE Naturparke Burgenland since end of 2001,which is also a responsibility of the RMB since its inception.The aim of the ARGE Naturparke is to establish the nature parks through joint projects and marketing activities

RMB will contribute in regional development, projects in protected areas, new activities, exchange of experiences with global experts, new cooperation in urban-rural areas.So to learn from other regions’ experience, to increase value chain and new skills

Salzburg Institute for Regional Planning and Housing (SIR)

As a semi-public organisation SIR works in the fields of regional and spatial planning, community and regional development, housing research and energy in cooperation with the government of Land Salzburg. All 119 municipalities are members of SIR. Model projects and EU-projects with transnational exchange were carried out in cooperation with communities and regions with public participation and involvement of stakeholders focusing on ecological, social and economic sustainable development and safe-guarding quality of life based on the changing frame conditions. As part of the ASP project LOS_DAMA, SIR is currently working out a pilot project for establishing the “Ecopool Salzburg” in order to facilitate regional compensation measures in the greenbelt and other areas surrounding the city of Salzburg. SIR is a non-profit research and planning institute and cooperates with all relevant local, regional and national authorities and stakeholders of nature conservation, soil protection, planning, agriculture etc.


Within LUIGI SIR will be Lead of WP Communication and participates and contributes to all other WPs. SIR will also implement a pilot project in Salzburg region. SIR participated in the former ASP project LOS_DAMA and will further strengthen the LOS_DAMA Alpine city network on GI.

Foundation Pro Terra Engadine (PTE)

The foundation PTE as an intersectoral based funding body has the task to maintain and promote the natural and cultural landscape and enhance biodiversity in the Engadine and neighbour valleys. PTE is a part of the Pilotregion (Rhaetian Triangle of Alpine Convention). In this role projects concerning the enhancement of ecological connectivity were done with Austrian and South-Tyrol partners. PTE was/is involved in projects for: Ecological connectivity projects dealing with farmland in Switzerland (topics: high-value farmlands, species diversity (flora and fauna), GI (as orchard meadows, dry stone walls, cultural structures etc.) Ecological connectivity in the Rhaetian Triangle Landscape quality project in Switzerland (pilot-project) Integrated river basin management as a pilot-project in Switzerland. Competences of PTE lie in involvement of players of different policy sections to include ecological connectivity into the spatial planning instruments and to involve stakeholders.

The PTE will participate especially within the topics of WP2/WP3/WP5. PTE will also participate as a Pilot to improve existent and new approaches for including different GI for enhancing ecological connectivity in the EUSALP region.


Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL)

FiBL is one of the world’s leading organic farming research and technology transfer centres dedicated to sustainable agriculture.It is an independent, non-profit, research institute with 185 staff.The Socio-Economics Department seeks to find practice-oriented solutions to socially relevant problems in the interaction between agriculture and society. With regard to the project’s goals, the following fields of research are relevant: urban-rural relationships and governance of urban food systems, learning and innovation processes, consumer studies. FiBL has particular compentences in analysing local food flows and governance models, participatory research methods, and in quantitative and qualitative approaches to consumer research. Key to FiBL’s research is the close collaboration with city administrations and civil society organisations while developing innovative approaches for sustainable (urban) food systems.

FiBL will contribute to WPs 2, 3, 4 by providing methodological input guiding work in the partner countries. Furthermore, FiBL will conduct case study research in Switzerland in collaboration with the other Swiss partners (in particular Hochstamm Schweiz).

Agricultural Institute of Slovenia (AIS)

AIS is a leading Slovene national research institute in the field of agriculture and environment with the mission to promote sustainable use of natural resources while protecting the agricultural environment and enhancing high quality food

production. With its research and consultancy services AIS supports ministries, state and local administration and farmers in a wide range of topics and can therefore influence all phases of the relevant policy cycles. AIS has ample experience and knowledge in promoting ecological connectivity of agricultural landscapes, in growing and maintenance of meadow orchards and in ensuring environmental conditions to support healthy pollinator populations. AIS runs a 17ha experimental orchard including a collection of old fruit tree varieties typical for meadow orchards. AIS also maintains five public orchards of the Municipality of Ljubljana which serve as education and knowledge transfer centres.

AIS will share its knowledge of planting and maintenance of meadow orchards for optimizing the identified ecosystem services among project partners and stakeholders to promote preservation of old and establishment of new MO in urban and peri-urban areas.

Development Agency of Idrija and Cerkno (ICRA)

The main purpose of the agency is to facilitate sustainable local and regional development in the areas of entrepreneurship, human resources, rural development, cultural heritage and environment and spatial planning. ICRA is working on EU and national projects more than 20 years and has competent, professional and highly skilled employees.ICRA prepares Regional Development plans for the North Primorska region and gives recommendation of politics from the region to the national level for Operational plan and other documents.ICRA is involved in politics from the field of spatial planning, rural development and cultural heritage. ICRA was also involved in Strategic development plans for Municipality of Idrija. In cooperation with national institutions, especially in the framework of EU projects, ICRA prepares various documents and starting points for a harmonious regional development, which is oriented towards a common approach of the sectors ICRA will not perform economic activities. ICRA will perform project activities on local and regional level in order to preserve the heritage of cultural landscape, share and exchange the knowledge and to cooperate with other PP to fulfill predicted outputs