Multifunctional forest in the Alps: reinforcing dialogue (REDIAFOR)

Supervision: Dr. Klaus Pukall, Prof. Dr. Michael Suda

Executive: Kilian Ramisch, (until 2020-02-29 Margaretha Rau)

Duration: 09/2019 – 05/2021

        Including Work Package II „State of the art“ (TUM): 09/2019 – 05/2021

Lead-Partner: Conseil régional Auvergne Rhône-Alpes (AURA)

Partners: Auvergne Rhône-Alpes Énergie Environnement, Fondazione Edmund Mach – Accademia Ambiente Foreste e Fauna, Communes Forestières Auvergne Rhone-Alpes, Hochschule Luzern - Kompetenzzentrum Typologie & Planung in Architektur (CCTP)

Funding: Alpine Region Preparatory Action Fund II (ARPAF II)


Description (see also the project site):

Mountain forests and wood are an essential asset for the Alpine Region. EUSALP AGs 2, 6, 7, and 9 have organized the joint workshop “Alpine forests seen from a multi-disciplinary perspective”. Based on encouraging results these AGs have agreed on further detecting synergies and enhancing horizontal cooperation in the field of multifunctional forest management and the sustainable use of timber, including urban and rural Alpine territories in a convenient strategic way.

Conflicts related to the use of wood resources have been emerging in the Alps: E.g. timber extraction for construction and/or energy and the resulting landscape impact. Forests that are used as a recreational area as well as an agricultural area. On the one hand, a "wild" forest full of biodiversity; on the other hand a logging forest with less biodiversity but economic profitability. Furthermore, there is the need to expand the built environment together with the safeguarding of the natural heritage. Conflicts arise as forest is a tool for combating natural risks, whereas in our days the risk factor “climate change” (forest fires, etc.) increases.

In order to contain these conflicts, spaces for dialogue have to be opened to bring stakeholders together at both local and macro-regional levels.

The online survey, based on the experience of Alpine actors on conflicts over water resources, aims to identify and catalogue the main types of risks related to the use of wood and forests. Based on this, our preparatory study intends to create a scope for dialogue, by increasing the competence of the members of action groups, and finally to establish a space for transnational dialogue.


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