Review on renewable energies and ecosystem service impacts

Are hydropower plants impacting natural hazard protection? How far windmills impact bird and bats populations? Does the use of forest biomass impact the recreational value of forests? Do ground mounted photovoltaic installations seal soil surfaces? A scientific literature review adresses these and many other questions on ecosystem service impacts of renewable energy sources. This review was rechently […]

About Richard Hastik

As a geographer it is interesting to be confronted with different views regarding the balance between preservation and use of natural resources in the Alps. _Richard Hastik, assisting in questions regarding ecosystem services and situation analysis

Dialogue with regional stakeholders in Triglav National Park pilot area

In Triglav National Park pilot area some project activities like stakeholders questionnaires analysis, assessment of available forest biomass, assessment of local biomass demands at local level, surveys on biodiversity and soil structure and modelling of the future scenarios for biomass use have been finished. The results were presented and discussed during three workshops for stakeholders in March […]

About Alenka Petrinjak

Alenka Petrinjak, biologist, Project manager at Triglav National Park

The Spatial Decision Support System

The Spatial Decision Support System What is it the renewable energy potential in the Triglav Park (Slovenia), in the Mae and Mis Valley (north of Italy), in Leiblachtal (Voralberg) or in the Parco Naturale delle Alpi Marittime (north-west of Italy)? What is the impact on habitats for plants and animals? In order to answer to […]

About Giulia Garegnani

Giulia Garegnani is an Environmental Engineering at European Academy of Bozen/Bolzano, in the north east of Italy. EURAC researchers are working on the renewable energy potential and the trade-off between production and ecosystem services.

Transnational workshop on “Sample Hectare”, 30th of Sept 2014

On the 30.09.2014 the project responsible discussed with 11 representatives of the Vorarlberg State administration the instrument “Sample Hectare”. The public administration was widely represented, including the head of departments of agrarian district authority, forestry, water management, nature and environmental protection, environment and food security, energy and climate protection, as well as representatives of the […]

World Water Week: Water and energy in the Alps

In Norway, 99% of power is provided by renewable energy in the form of hydropower.  Norway produces so much power from rivers and streams that it is now expanding capacity to provide hydropower to its neighboring countries. Could the same be done in the Alps? Hydropower is already pervasive in the Alps, providing about 100 […]

About Katherine Leitzell

Katherine Leitzell is a science writer at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), in Laxenburg Austria. IIASA researchers are working on the economic-ecological modelling for the project.