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Action Group 8 - Risk governance
Lead organization: 
Austrian Research Centre for Forests - BFW


  • To overcome conflicts and resistances with new mitigation alternatives and science-based communication support
  • To implement innovative ecosystem and forestry-based risk management for natural hazards by generating recommendations and guidelines adapted to local practical, socioeconomic, scientific and political needs
  • To create a Forest & Risk Management Workbook – a new standard for forestry management integrating needs for effective natural hazard risk management

Main activities for each workpackage

T1 - PRONA: New tools on protection forest and natural hazard assessment

  • collect and process the necessary information in the context of climate-forest-natural hazards for further applications in GreenRisk4Alps.
  • deliver new forest and hazard assessment tools, needed for ecosystem-based risk management
  • development of new tools


T2 - ACTINA: Actors involvement and network analysis

  • provide the socio-economic foundation of an ecosystem-based risk management
  • systematic stocktaking of all relevant actors
  • identifying decision and responsibility structure
  • identifying conflicts, awareness of issues and acceptance of action alternatives
  • to map the adjacent interests, values and costs

T3 - DORA: Decision oriented risk assesment

  • Introduction of an innovative ecosystem-based risk mitigation concept resting on:
  • a new risk assessment procedure, integrating costs and protective effects of the main mitigation types (technical, ecosystem-based and avoidance) and damage potentials
  • for the first time offering risk mitigation alternatives by relating protection targets to effectiveness and consequences of the mitigation measures


T4 - ACRI: Acceptance raising for ecosytem-based risk control measures

  • increase awareness of political, economic, and social actors on multiple levels of nature-based risks
  • increase acceptance of science-based risk control measures due to increased understanding of own long- and short-term risks or due to pressure from powerful actor-networks


T5 - RiGOR: Risk Governance Support

  • mainstream ecosystem-based natural hazard risk governance in the Alpine Space by supporting the development of harmonized, responsive, transparent and efficient strategies
  • transnational policy improvement by complying to recent policy needs and cross-sectoral challenges in an innovative way and involvement of  a multi-actor and multi-risk approach
Start and closure dates: 
April 2018 to April 2021