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

WP Management

The BFW as LP is responsible for project management, internal communication, progress and quality monitoring and internal/JS communication. The project management structure will be arranged by forming a Project Steering Group (PSG) as decision-making body. PSG will consist of LP and representatives of every PP, which ensures the contribution of all PPs in decision-making.

Progress in the implementation of the project will be monitored and constantly controlled.

A risk management and contingency decision system will be installed. Financial matters will be discussed and distributed in cooperation between LP and PPs. LP will manage organization and coordination of administrative and scientific reports of work performed within thematic WPs. Work breakdown structure will be developed. All partners will contribute to the following management activities: 1) Set-up activities, 2) Steering and monitoring of project implementation, 3) Meetings and internal communication, and 4) Finance management.

PL - Federal Research and Training Centre for Forests, Natural Hazards and Landscape, Austria  (BFW)

Katharina Lapin

WP Implementation

WP 1

Data collection and site-specific risk assessment  WP responsible partner: Forest Research Institute Baden-Wuerttemberg (FVA)

Analyzing the spatial extent for potential or existing invasive non-native tree species becomes a critical issue since budgets, prioritization and policy hinge on this information. The objective of this work package is to develop an NNT risk assessment tool for risk/benefit trade-off analysis based the collection of existing regional and national data about major NNT in the Alpine Space (AS) including their current distribution, risks posed to biodiversity and ecosystem functions, positive impacts on ecosystem services, and existing policies and appropriate management measures to mitigate (potential) detrimental impacts (such as monitoring presence of decay in stem and branches to enhance tree safety and tree health in cities). With this tool it will be possible to identify demarcated areas where NNT can be planted as well as areas of high nature conservation concern for priority actions such as eradication or prevention. Taking into account the public perception, benefits and environmental risks associated with NNT cultivation, it will be possible to develop comprehensive risk management guidelines for the AS (WPT4). The perceived suitability of NNT for future climatic conditions and data on their spatial extent in the AS will be used for prediction models of the distribution and provision of ecosystem services by NNT under different management and climate change scenarios (WPT2). The WPT1 will be led by Anja Bindewald (FVA).

Forest Research Institute Baden-Wuerttemberg (FVA)

Anja Bindewald
0049 761 4018-482

WP 2

Outlook under Climate Change – Mitigation and Adaptation

WP responsible partner:  International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

WPT2 will develop risk maps based on CC prediction models, with special emphasis on the forest area, urban forests, the peri-urban interface, and urban trees. The deliverables are urgently needed support tools for CC adapted decision making in the public and private space. Based on input from WP1 (spatial information, inventory data), WPT3(pilot activities), and WPT4 (policy analysis), this Outlook will use existing tools to assess future scenarios, pathways and risks with respect to NNT in the AS. The AS-wide scenarios will include different types of managed and unmanaged forest area, sustainability aspects such as certified forest management, specific environmental habitat conservation, and other protection types. It is planned to assess the potential spread of different NNT and their resilience with respect to CC in different scenarios that will be co-designed with relevant local and regional stakeholders at the 1st Stakeholder Conference (WPT4). The public will be addressed by a citizen science activity. A problem-specific crowd sourcing campaign will be jointly designed, developed and implemented, advised by topic specific experts from the observer board of the project. This crowd sourcing campaign aims at complementing existing information on urban trees and will be carried out in designated pilot areas of the participating alpine cities. Insights from this crowd-sourcing activity will finally complement the input to the tools used for the AS-wide scenario assessment. To display the results in the form of maps from the modelled future NNT pathways in the AS and to provide a tailor-made planning tool to respective stakeholders, an inter-active Web GIS application will be developed. This platform will be co-designed and closely elaborated with WPT3 and embedded in the Open ALPTREES Knowledge Hub. WPT2 will provide input to policy recommendations based on the assessment results and stakeholder interaction.WPT2 will be led by IIASA.

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis IIASA

Florian Kraxner
0043(0) 2236 807233

WP 3

Transnational network, Knowledge transfer & Technical Guidance

WP responsible partner: Slovenian Forestry Institute (SFI)

WP T3 will focus on the transfer of knowledge generated in the project to end users at different levels. Preliminary project results will be shared first with observers, stakeholders and experts from the AS in 2 Transnational Stakeholder Seminars and various separate stakeholder workshops in each AS country during which the Open ALPTREES Knowledge Hub will be furnished with contents. The transnational applicability will be demonstrated in pilot actions, which emphasizes the integration of stakeholders from different sectors, e.g. urban green spaces management, forestry, nature conservation, public education and services, and recreational tourism. The main objectives of WP T3 are to (i) synthesize knowledge on the management, use and risk assessment of NNT, (ii) develop decision support tools by incorporating the outputs from WP T1 and WP T2, and (iii) test and demonstrate technical recommendations within pilot actions. The output of the review of current knowledge on the management, use and risks of NNT in the Alpine Space will be handbooks and training materials as well as an open database. All of this information will be shared in the ALPTREES Knowledge Hub. The newly developed decision support tools and technical guidance will be tested in pilot actions with forestry enterprises as well as in urban and forest conservation areas. WPT2 will be by SFI.

Slovenian Forestry institute (SFI)

Aleksander Marinšek
00386 1 2007811

WP 4

Policy implementation, stakeholder engagement & capacity building

WP responsible partner: Edmund Mach Foundation  (FEM)

The objective of WPT4 is to provide a transnational strategy for knowledge-based decision-making on responsible use and management of NNT in the AS. Stakeholder commitment will be widely encouraged to integrate diverse knowledge and perspectives into the management of invasive species and to deal with potential conflicts of interest. Based on the analysis of ecosystem services provided by NNT in urban, peri-urban areas and forests analysed to determine useful traits of NNT better adapted to CC conditions (WPT1&2) and the evaluation of measures for containment and/or eradication for highly dangerous invasive NNT (WPT3), one transnational strategy for the AS will be developed. Focusing on capacity building, partner experiences with NNT will be analysed and the best practices will be shared among the partners at greater territorial scale with the aim of maintaining and improving the knowledge, skills & other resources needed to implement proper strategies to deal with and manage the different NNT species. Existing policies and guidelines on NNT will be shared and implemented more consistently. WPT4 aims to inform policymakers about the issues related to the use, management & risks/benefits of NNT in the AS. Major activities of WP4 include policymakers, local experts & stakeholders from four major affected sectors: forest management, nature conservation, timber production and urban/periurb/rural planning. Policy briefs highlighting the opportunities and risks of NNT and their management and use under CC conditions will disseminate the results of the project to policymakers and a wider audience. The transnational nature of CC and the differences in regulations on the use and management of NNT in various countries will be the main focus of the policy Workshops, whose key outputs will be synthesised into a policy recommendation summarising the issue of CC and its transnational nature as well as the use, management and risks/benefits of NNT in the AS.WPT4 will be led by FEM.

Edmund Mach Foundation (FEM)

Nicola La Porta
0039 0461 615396

WP Communication

Communication improves the understanding of the responsible use of NNT for CC adaptation of European forests and urban areas requires cross-sectoral and transnational cooperation to secure the biodiversity, ecosystem services and cultural resources of native forests against the risks of NNT. The knowledge gained in the ALPTREES project through transnational cooperation of experts in the ALPTREES PP consortium will be shared in formal and non-formal education tools. In a series of public events, the PPs will inspire citizens to engage with science and administration for sustainable development of the biodiversity in the AS. All communication activities follow the bottom-up approach “listen – observe – inspire”. Assignment of a communication officer with strong qualifications and experience in this field of communication and management is planned. The activities target local policymakers, stakeholders from industry and urban/rural planning, and the general public. WPC is led by BFW.

Federal Research and Training Centre for Forests, Natural Hazards and Landscape, Austria  (BFW)

Petra Meisel