Alpine ecosystem services

  • The research project Alpine ecosystem services—mapping, maintenance and management (AlpES) is carried out by a consortium of 10 partners led by the Institute for Alpine Environment, EURAC research. Work package T3 is based at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research, Austrian Academy of Sciences, and led by Andreas Haller and Axel Borsdorf. AlpES is gratefully cofinanced by the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg Alpine Space program during the period 2015-2018.

  • Abstract

    Ecosystems and their services go beyond national borders and need a transnational approach for their dynamic protection, sustainable use, management and risk prevention. As a basis for joint action, public authorities, policy makers, NGOs, researchers and economic actors—the AlpES target groups—need a common understanding of ecosystem services, comparable information on their status, and support in using appropriate tools for integrating them in their fields of work. The AlpES project’s overall objective is to introduce ecosystem services as a regional/transnational environmental governance framework. Different key actors from the Alps will be involved in the project development. In close collaboration with stakeholders, AlpES will develop an Alpine ecosystem services concept, carry out a mapping and assessment of ecosystem services for the Alpine Space area, make the results available on the internet for analytical purposes, and ensure a multilevel and cross-sectoral transfer of AlpES results to the stakeholders via innovative, tailored and transferable learning tools, and targeted activities. In order to accomplish these goals, AlpES develops an interactive, web-based Geographic Information System (WebGIS), integrates the already existing wiki WIKIAlps into the project, and organizes workshops. The Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research is responsible for the development of an interactive and interoperable WebGIS and for providing technical structure and support for updating WIKIAlps. The Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research also contributes to the technical development of an e-learning tool in the AlpES project.

  • Keywords

    ecosystem services, participatory planning, geographic information systems, Alps


  • Interreg Alpine Space


  • Financing

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