The state of play in the pilot areas
The recharge.green pilot areas have been hard-working in the past months and successfully reached mid-term results. An overview on the current status in the pilot regions:
The Triglav National Park with its focus on balancing wood biomass production with nature conservation implemented the first monitoring of forest biomass and preliminary surveys of bio-indicator species. They assessed the demand for biomass, prepared scenarios for use and confirmed that there are trade-offs between ecosystem services (ESS) and decisions based on priorities will have to be made.
The Veneto region is engaged in an assessment of socio-economic aspects linked to hydropower production. They recognized the need to increase the understanding of ESS concepts.
The pilot area Vorarlberg developed the “sample hectare” tool for evaluation and schematic representation of the trade-offs of ESS with renewable energy production.
The Bavaria pilot area evaluated the importance of ecological connectivity at water-retaining structures to protect the fish population.
Last but not least, the Northern French Alps identified new potential sources of hydroelectricity in mountains – the usage of drinking water and waste water pipe networks for hydroelectricity production. The results were discussed at the WP6 meeting at Pokljuka, Bled, Slovenia in October 2013 and at the MidTerm conference in Brig/CH from 12-13 November 2013.