Maintaining ecosystem services in Triglav National Park


The Triglav National Park delivers biomass from wood. © Tomaž Kralj

The Triglav National Park is home for rare and endangered plants and animals, a place for recreation, and has extensive forests offering protection from natural hazards. In addition, the Park delivers biomass from wood. How can Triglav’s renewable energy sources be sustainably managed? This is the challenge the Slovenian partners are facing in the pilot area. Their objective: make forest owners, administrations, tourism providers and other key stakeholders more aware of the importance of sustainable use of natural resources for renewable energy production. To achieve it, they rely on scientific research and information work.They have already developed scenarios to illustrate some possible impacts of woody biomass extraction. Inventories of plants and animals are made to estimate the impact of biomass use on biodiversity. Data are fed into a decision support system that helps to explain the pros and cons of biomass use and its impact on ecosystem services.

The results are discussed with stakeholders in meetings. The first meeting in a series was a workshop on multi-objective forest management (see next article). In June, Triglav National Park will hold a summer school for students. At the end of this year, the team will communicate model results to key stakeholders in a workshop.

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