Protection forests can affordably and permanently protect from many natural hazards such as avalanches or rockfalls in the Alpine Space. In natural hazards management, protection forests are therefore increasingly considered in the same way as technical measures for risk reduction. In this way it can be determined whether technical structures, such as rockfall nets or dams, can be more cost-effective or even completely unnecessary at wooded sites.
The Interreg project RockTheAlps is an international research project with 15 partner organisations from Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia and Switzerland. The overall objective of the RockTheAlps project is to strengthen and promote the implementation of rockfall risk prevention and rockfall protection strategies in sustainable forest management. To achieve this goal, the first harmonised rockfall risk and protection forest mapping for the entire Alpine region is being developed and the rockfall protection service by forests quantified. The LWF is involved in various work packages and inter alia, exploring the possibilities of terrestrial laser scanning techniques to acquire protection-forest parameters.
More information about the project can be found at:
Abb.: Schutzwald (Foto: LWF)
Projekt Lead-Partner (IRSTEA, Frankreich): Dr. Frédéric Berger
Projektleitung (LWF): Dr. Franz Binder
Bearbeitung: Dr. Daniel Trappmann
Laufzeit: 01.11.2016 bis 31.10.2019
Durchführende Institution Bayern: Bayerische Landesanstalt für Wald und Forstwirtschaft
Finanzierung: kofinanziert durch die Europäische Union via Interreg V B Alpenraumprogramm