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

Project Partners


Federal Research and Training Centre for Forests, Natural Hazards and Landscape, Austria
Department Protective Forests and Natural Forest Reserves AT, ÖSTERREICH

Seckendorff-Gudent-Weg 8
1131 Wien

Katharina Lapin

Project Team

Dino Petricevic
Finance Officer

Petra Meisel
Communication Officer

Peter Preier
IT Officer

Alexandra Freudenschuss
Project Team

Janine Oettel
Project Team

Debojyoti Chakraborty
Project Team

Reneema Hazarika
Project Team

Andreas Rechenmacher
Project Team

Silvio Schüler
Project Team

The BFW is the Austrian national forestry research centre with extensive experience in forest biodiversity research (both national and EU-wide), implementation of EU policy and management of forestry resources. It has been and is involved in several relevant international projects. The BFW currently employs a total of around 280 people and has an efficient administration with comprehensive experience in implementing projects from various national and European funding sources. In several cases, the BFW has attended projects as lead partner.

The BFW as Leadpartner is responsible for the Management, Finance and Communication WP. Its main role is coordination of the project and driving the partnership towards expected results. In addition, it will actively contribute to all 4 thematic WPs.

City of Klagenfurt (KLU)

Department of Climate and Environmental Protection 

Bahnhofstraße 35/II
9020 Klagenfurt am Wörthersee

Regine Hradetzky

Astrid Albrecht

Stefan Guggenberger

The municipal authorities of the provincial capital Klagenfurt on Lake Wörth are the administrative body of the provincial capital Klagenfurt on Lake Wörth (Carinthia, Austria), which has an area of 120.07 km2 and 100,000 inhabitants. It is primarily the department of Climate and Environmental Protection that is involved in the project. This department currently has 21 employees and is responsible for environmental monitoring (air, water, noise, fauna, flora), projects and subsidies in the field of environmental protection, public relations work on subjects of environmental relevance and the drawing up of specialist reports.


National Research Insitute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture, Grenoble regional centre

Department LESSEM - Mountain Ecosystems and Societies Laboratory

2 rue de la Papeterie BP76
38402 Saint-Martin-d'Hères

Frédéric Berger

0033 4 76762800 

The LESSEM is focused on applied research to generate concrete solutions to aid decision makers, support public policies (EU/state/communities) and lead to action. It analyses the various components of socio-ecosystems, contributes to finding answers to environmental challenges (biodiversity erosion, adjustment to global change ...). Mountain forests: development of tools/guidelines for forest ecosystem services, characterization/mapping/management; Spatial analysis: forest/invasive species dynamics/inventories/spatial distribution using high resolution/remote sensing techniques. Non-Native Trees: characterization of their mechanical properties, potential protective functions vs. natural risks. Development of risk prevention plans & territorial intelligence networks. Technical/scientific support to decision/policy makers for FR mountain.

The INRAE's role is to organize and lead public events and school activities in France; development of pedagogic concepts for school activities and leading the pilot actions and workshops for France; contribution to strategy development in WPT4 and supporting work in WP1,3&2.


Slovenian Forestry institute

Department of Forest Ecology

Večna pot 2
1000 Ljubljana

Aleksander Marinšek
00386 1 2007811

Mateja Krasevec

The Slovenian Forestry Institute is a public research institute of national importance that conducts basic and applied research on forests and forest landscapes, forest ecosystems, wildlife ecology, hunting, forest management and other uses of the resources and services provided by forests. The scientific knowledge from these fields helps further research on forest biodiversity and its management in relation to climate change. A further function of the institute is to provide scientific knowledge on all aspects of sustainable development, with the purpose of increasing knowledge and awareness of the importance of forests within the environment and the importance of forest management. In short, the institute is a scientific, professional and cultural storehouse for Slovenia's relationship with its forests and the resources and services they provide.

The Slovenian Forestry Institute (SFI) will be responsible project partner for WP T3: Transnational network, Knowledge Transfer & Technical Guidance, where the main goals are to synthesize knowledge on the management, use and risk assessment of non-native tree specias.


Edmund Mach Foundation

Department of Sustainable Agroecosystems and Bioresources

Via Edmund Mach 1
38010 San Michele all'Adige Trento

Nicola La Porta
0039 0461 615396 

Riccarda Moser

Fondazione Edmund Mach (FEM) is a leading Italian institution with more than 700 employees active in research, technology and technology transfer related to the agro-food and environmental sectors as well as in education and training on those matters. FEM's experience in forest and urban trees is related to its direct involvement in the monitoring and research activities of ICP Forests Programme since 1993, the Italian CONECOFOR Network since 1995 and LTER Italy - Italian Long Term Ecological Research Network since 2006. The fundamental variables assessed and the length of data series collected in these programmes and networks represent invaluable resources to support biodiversity and CC adaptation of trees in the AS context. Since 2015, FEM has been actively involved in a European project (NNEXT) dealing with non-native tree species in Europe as national representative member, obtaining vast experience in research and transferring technology and management capacity to municipalities & other stakeholders

FEM is leader of and responsible for all activities in WP T4. Within WP T2, it has a responsible role in activities for citizen science and will be controlling WP T1 and WP T2. Furthermore, FEM will provide science expertise on NNT or monitoring tree safety and tree health, especially in cities.


Forest Research Institute Baden-Wuerttemberg 

Department of Forest Conservation

Wonnhaldestr. 4
79100 Freiburg im Breisgau

Anja Bindewald
0049 761 4018-482

Anja Müller-Meissner

FVA is the research institute of the regional forest administration for south-western Germany, and in this role, is experienced in the transfer of research results into policy. Major activities are research into climate impact and biodiversity, sustainable forest management and conservation. FVA has extensive experience in elaborating practical approaches and concepts for forest owners, forest personnel and the interested public. Several ongoing projects are being implemented in close cooperation with other institutes in Germany, e.g. LWF in Bavaria, or neighbouring countries. The department of Forest Conservation has expertise in the field of assessments of invasiveness of non-native trees. The department is currently developing guidelines for a decision support tool for the management of non-native trees that pose risks to biodiversity in European forests. The key focus is site-specific analysis using forest inventory data and regional data sets covering protected habitats and forest reserves. The FVA will lead the policy analyses and activities in thematic WP4 and will contribute to the development policies and implementation plan as an expert institution.


International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Center for Landscape Resilience & Management, Ecosystems Services and Management Program

Schlossplatz 1
2361 Laxenburg

Florian Kraxner
0043(0) 2236 807233

Dimitry Schepaschenko

Enrico Confienza

Moonil Kim

The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) is an international scientific institute and think tank that conducts research into the critical issues of global environmental, economic, 

technological and social change. 350 scientists are active inter alia in the fields of ecosystems services, land use, energy, air pollution, population, risk and vulnerability, ecology and water.  

The main role of IIASA within the ALPTREES project will be the provision of reports on climate change scenarios.


Centre d'études et d'expertises sur les risques, l'environnement, la mobilité et l'aménagement (CEREMA)

Department: Country Planning Department/Coastlines-Energy and Biodiversity Unit

FR82, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur
69674 BRON Cedex
Avenue Francois Mitterrand 25

Patricia Detry
0033 (0)4 42247216

Cerema, a public body rooted in local territories, has worked on the French Assessment of Ecosystems and Ecosystem Services (EFESE) for the French Ministry of Ecology. It has contributed to the AlpES project and is currently working with the French Biodiversity Agency on economic and biophysical evaluation of the ecosystem services provided by French wild rivers. Cerema supports the definition, implementation and evaluation of public policies by its supervisory Ministry of Ecology (management/monitoring of regional ecological continuity, running regional biodiversity observatories) as well as collaborating closely with the Ministry in other areas.

Municipality of Maribor

Intermunicipal Environmental Protection and Nature Conservation Office/Project Office

Municipality of Maribor
SI01, Vzhodna Slovenija
2000 Maribor

Ulica heroja Staneta 1

Gordana Kolesarič
00386 2 2201457

Ziva Bobic Cervek

The Municipality of Maribor is a local public authority administering the issues concerning its population. With a population of 110.000 inhabitants, Maribor is the second largest town in Slovenia and the university centre of north-east Slovenia. The municipality constructs and manages municipal infrastructure and is responsible for environmental protection. The Department for Environmental Protection and the Project office have extensive experiences with EU-funded programmes (Interreg, IEE) in the areas of air/water protection, energy efficiency, sustainable mobility, health care issues and circular economy.

RA Sora

Razvojna agencija Sora d.o.o., Development Agency Sora
Development Agency Sora
RA Sora

SI02, Zahodna Slovenija
SI022, Gorenjska
4000 Kranj
Poljanska cesta 2

Darja Barič
00 386 4 5060224

Development Agency Sora is responsible for the implementation of the priority area "Nature conservation and invasive alliance plant species for Gorenjska region" in the Gorenjska Regional Development Programme 2014-2020 (communication with 18 Gorenjska municipalities).

Development Agency Sora was LP of the AmcPromoBID project (2010-2014), a cross-border cooperation programme in
Slovenia and Austria aiming to implement solutions for the problematic spreading of invasive alien plants in the transnational region of Gorenjska and Carinthia. The project connected the sectors of science, universities, high schools, municipalities and various stakeholders at the regional and interregional level.


LANGHE MONFERRATO E ROERO - Società consortile a responsabilità limitata Agenzia di sviluppo del territorio

LAMORO Development Agency
ITC1, Piemonte
14100 Asti
Via Leopardi 4

Sonia Abluton
0039 0141 532516

LAMORO is a consortium of Municipalities and carries out effective strategies to support the role of rural Municipalities in an integrated spatial system based on the Quadruple Helix approach. It works on territorial requirements. It has a wide experience in collecting local needs and planning development strategies in a EU context. LAMORO can address its Municipalities for assuring sustainability and transferability of results and multiplier effect. In ALPTREES project LAMORO implements the pilot activities at the local level; it supports cooperation between public and private actors in order to implement inclusive governance processes in relation to the sustainable management of NNT species (i.e. in the area of Turin province “Bassa Valle Susa”). LAMORO can involve Municipalities (i.e. Almese and Caselette) and stakeholders in order to build capacities in socio-ecological policies LAMORO will involve (as OBS) the Regional Authority to share best practices and transfer methodologies.

Comune di Trento

Comune di Trento
Municipality of Trento

Department for Parks and Gardens
38122 Trento
Via Del Maso Smalz 3

Giovanna  Ulrici
0039 0461 884524

The city of Trento with more than 117,000 inhabitants and 157.28 km2 is updating its Urban Plan and drawing up a landscape plan emphasizing urban and suburban public green and agricultural areas as Green Infrastructures with a climate change approach. Green areas reconnect the city with the river Adige, since the valley floor suffers from urban sprawl and infrastructures of the Brenner axis. Trento is applying a new cooperative approach and a regulation for the treatment and regeneration of common goods that will contribute to a pleasant city lifestyle and well-functioning community. Meanwhile, the IEEE Smart City Initiative and Smart City Strategic Plan provide access to advanced technological innovations. The Department for Parks and Gardens is responsible for developing, managing and valorising public green spaces.