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 these questions, EURAC and the University of Trento are implementing a tool integrated into GRASS, an open source GIS software.
The core of our decision support system is the definition of energy potential scenarios and highlighting the conflicts with Ecosystem Services (ESs). We take into account the spatial information on the distribution of the sources, the current technology, the legal constrains, the recommendation of the stakeholders and the economic analysis.
We get a panel of scenarios that can be analyzed together with the Ecosystem Services maps. These maps were provide by pilot areas in collaboration with the CRA-MPF. At the beginning of the next year, we will be ready to discuss the results in focus groups or training sections in the pilot areas in order to have a feedback from local stakeholder. We believe that this approach can be enough inclusive because it takes into account several environmental, social and economic considerations and at the same time may guarantee the participation of the local population to public choices