Sustainable use and management of non native trees in the alpine region

Podcast - Citizen Science

How many non native tree species can be found in the Alpine region - Is the number increasing? Who observes sightings of pest insects and signs of diseases in forests, occurrences that can threaten tree populations and local biodiversity - Only foresters, scientists and experts? To project the future of plants and animal wildlife is one of the subjects of nature sciences. To gather this kind of data via observing, counting, collecting, comparing and interpreting is part of scientific everyday life. But there are only so many experts strolling through nature every week, still there is so much of nature's inventory to be observed regularly. 

That's when Citizen Science comes into play!


We as scientists invite the public to help us to gather sightings and observations of all lifeforms. To understand the power of the tool of "Citizen Science", we talked to four of the leading experts. Scientists who already look back on successful projects that would not have been able to conduct without the help of the public:

- Helen Roy from the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in Great Britain,
- Maarten de Groot from the Slovenian Forestry Institute
- Dmitrj Shepaschenko and Andrey Krasovskiy from IIASA, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis near Vienna, Austria
- Leader of the ALPTREES project is Katharina Lapin from the federal research and training center for forests BFW, in Vienna Austria

Podcast - The Timber Survey

Martin Braun from BOKU and Camila Maciel Viana Master student at BOKU evaluate the timber market for non native tree species in the Alpine Space. From sawmills to the timber production industry, from artists to craftsmen of music instruments -  About success and failures, quality management, experiences, price strategies with non native tree timber -  topics never collected before.


Podcast - From Science to Citizen

Forest management of non native tree species in Cities and mountain regions in Slovenia
From Science to Citizen - An overview to our partner’s approach within the ALPTREES project.

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The Alptrees Podcast, Episode 3

IIASA Projecting and Mapping the Future
How can we look into the future of tree species in forests and cities? What actions will be fruitful for the adaption of forests under unknown various parameters? Can non native trees help tree populations in cities and forests to adapt to climate change? Those questions are discussed in our third Episode of the ALPTREES Podcast that is available NOW! Our partners from IIASA in Laxenburg/Vienna, Florian Kraxner, Dmitry Shchepashchenko and Andrey Krasovskiy talk about "time travels" to the future with computer models, different future climate scenarios and the tricky obstacle on how to interpret data.

Alptrees Podcasts

The ALPTREES podcast series answer the questions of citizens of all ages and educational levels and give insight into our scientific work to build a transnational guideline for the use and management of non native tree species in the Alpine Space.

From the basics "what is a non native tree species" to specific topics like "women in forestry", each podcast has it's thematic focus. Also our 12 partners throughout the Alpine Space will introduce the audience to the specifics of her/his national status and policy about "non native trees" to give an overview on the challenges of ALPTREES' transnational cooperation between Austria, Slovenia, Italy, Germany and France.

Podcast Alptrees Intro
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music mix "random freeware weird marimba" and exceptional Swiss Alphorn artists HORNROH​

Patricia Detry (Cerema) Aix en Provence - Frederik Berger (INRAE) Grenoble

The situation of non native tree species in forests and cities in the french Alps are discussed by Patricia Detry from Cerema in Aix en Provence and Frederik Berger from INRAE in Grenoble.

Learn about the legal situation in France, the framework of the centralistic government when it comes to forest management, the power of experts, the role of forest engineers, the anticipation of non native trees of the french public, the different uses of forests , the contrast the Alpine landscape is providing and the prospects for use and management of non native tree species in the French Alpine Space in times of climate change.

Podcast Alptrees France