Mountain Forests Working Group (2012-2019)
Mountain forests represent a distinguishing element of the Alpine region. If the forests are managed sustainably, they can carry out many important functions such as soil conservation, protection against natural disasters, renewable sources of raw materials, energy sources and employment opportunities, mitigation of climate change, ecosystem conservation and protection of Alpine landscape.
The Working Group "Mountain Forests" was established in 2012 within the scope of the Alpine Convention’s Protocol Mountain Forests and contributed to the intersectional cooperation according to the Multiannual Work Programme of the Alpine Convention, particularly in areas of climate change, biodiversity, tourism, and green economy.
The Working Group contributed to the development of forest system policies with regard to adaptation and potential absorption. This was done in cooperation with the Action Plan on Climate Change in the Alps and with a goal to promote the conservation of forest areas that are exposed to natural hazards and to maintain the protective function of forests. The tasks also included the harmonisation of instruments for monitoring climate change impact. The Working Group also oversaw the issues related to the production of raw materials and renewable energy sources and promoted the use of wood.
Mountain forests are a distinguishing element of the Alpine landscape and have an important recreational function. Therefore, the Working Group was also active in the field of tourism. In particular, the WG collected policies and good practices related to the role that Alpine forests play toward a low-carbon, sustainable, and social inclusive economy for the Alpine area.
Overview of activities, documents and results
- Activity Report 2016-2019
- Activity Report 2015-2016
- Activity Report 2013-2014
- Report 1 Interdependencies between the protective mountain forests and the protected sectors of “freshwater provision” and “flood protection”
- Report 2 Contribution of the forest sector to the green economy
- The protective function of Alpine mountain forests
- Statement on the Value of Alpine forests and the Alpine Convention’s Protocol on Mountain Forests in the framework of the international forestry policies beyond 2015
- Statement on the Value of Alpine forests
- Public Workshop “ECOSYSTEM SERVICES OF THE ALPINE FORESTS: Approaches, good practices and examples”, Trento, 8 June 2016
- Public Workshop “The services of the Alpine forests ecosystems as a natural, economic and cultural asset for a regional and European green economy”, Pieve di Cadore, 12 September 2014
- Workshop “A green infrastructure for growth: the potential role of the Alpine forests in a European Green Economy”, Galbiate (LC), 7 March 2014
- Workshop “The future of Alpine forests in light of the potential impacts of climate change: threats and opportunities”, Udine, 17 May 2013
- Public Workshop “The ecosystem services of Alpine forests: identification, evaluation and potential instruments for their valorization”, Trento, 4 December 2013