The GreenRisks4Alps Project
Development of ecosystem-based approaches for the support of risk management activities in connection with natural hazards and climate change|
GreenRisk4Alps will establish, test and implement new forestry and ecosystem-based management in the Alpine region. Integrated user-tailored and territorially specific risk management systems for natural hazards such as rock fall, avalanches, debris flows and torrents will be implemented in six Pilot Action Regions balancing numerous interests, demands and costs.
Project SummaryForests and mountain ecosystems are of outstanding importance in the global reduction of natural hazards and risks, but above all in the Alpine region (AS), and are increasingly regarded as equivalent to technical measures or other mitigation concepts. Forests provide efficient protection against avalanches, torrents, landslides and rockfalls. So far, however, few strategies or policies have been developed to integrate forests and ecosystem services into risk management and to balance the many interests, requirements and costs.
The challenges facing the Alpine Space are dramatic: limiting settlement space, increasing costs for the protection of settlements, more conflicts due to rising demands and expectations, or critical development of economies such as "monoculture tourism". Without an appropriate, territorially specific implementation of mountain ecosystem services (including forests) in a risk reduction strategy, sustainable development in AS will be difficult to achieve.
(Photograph: Barbara Zabota)
GreenRisks4Alps goalThe overarching goal of GreenRisk4alps is the development of ecosystem-based concepts to support risk governance with respect to natural hazards and climate impacts. GreenRisk4alps brings the forest into affordable and long-term oriented risk management by balancing green, technical and preventive risk strategies. GreenRisk4alps promotes ecosystems and in particular mountain forests as an intrinsic part of all spatially relevant measures to reduce natural hazard risks: actively and preventively.
GreenRisk4alps has a clear strategy to overcome conflicts and resistances in doing eco-system-based disaster risk reduction (Eco-DRR): all relevant actors are involved and provided with new mitigation alternatives and scientific communication support. Transalpine solutions aim to involve communities (pilot action regions) and governance institutions in the project.
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Federal Research and Training Centre for Forests, Natural Hazards and Landscape (BFW)
Austria, 1131 Vienna, Seckendorff-Gudent-Weg 8 | Tel.: +43 1 878 38-0
Autor: Kleemayr K., Hormes A.