Transnational strategy on the sustainable management and responsible use of non-native trees in the Alpine Space

Lapin, K., Bindewald, A., Brundu, G., Marinšek, A., Chakraborty, D., Oettel, J., Konrad, H., Porta, N., et al. (2023). Transnational strategy on the sustainable management and responsible use of non-native trees in the Alpine Space. Central European Forestry Journal 69 (3) 142-151. 10.2478/forj-2023-0001.

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Non-native tree species – defined as those species intentionally or unintentionally introduced by humans – have longbeen a part of the Alpine Space, providing numerous benefits, but also posing a potential threat to native biodiversityand related ecosystem services. Compared to the urban space where non-native trees comprise most tree species,the number of non-native trees in forests and plantations is relatively low. To evaluate potential risks and benefits ofnon-native trees in the Alpine Space, a transnational strategy for the responsible use and management of non-nativetrees is needed. The goals of the strategy are to tailor management practices for a sustainable and responsible useor admixture of non-native trees, to reduce the risks connected with the invasive potential of some non-native treespecies, to help forests and urban areas to adapt to climate change, and to improve coordination and cooperationregarding best practices between different regions of the Alpine Space. A proposal was developed in a four-stepprocess including expert-based assessment, stakeholder mapping, an extensive data review, and a public consulta-tion. For implementing the strategy fully, strong collaboration among diverse stakeholders is anticipated and robustgovernance and an adequate long-term and fair funding scheme is needed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: adaptive forest management; non-native tree species; Alpine Space; biosecurity; green infrastructure
Research Programs: Biodiversity and Natural Resources (BNR)
Biodiversity and Natural Resources (BNR) > Agriculture, Forestry, and Ecosystem Services (AFE)
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2023 08:07
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2023 08:07

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