Monitoring biota in mountaintop environments: A focus on GLORIA activities across different biomes (2)

Session S10, continued (part 2) The second part of session S10 started with the question if particular plant traits may favor or restrain species declines/extinction on mountain summits. Aino Kulonen showed, on basis of recent and historical summit data across Europe, which plant traits lead to a higher probability of disappearance. Interestingly, species with the … More Monitoring biota in mountaintop environments: A focus on GLORIA activities across different biomes (2)

Monitoring biota in mountaintop environments: A focus on GLORIA activities across different biomes (1)

The two sessions of S10 presented a wonderful synopsis of the current state of long-term biodiversity monitoring in mountains across the major biomes from the tropics to the subarctic. It combined new results out of the global GLORIA network that commenced at the beginning of the century with longer timelines of approaches dealing with revisitations … More Monitoring biota in mountaintop environments: A focus on GLORIA activities across different biomes (1)

Social change in mountains: How does it happen?

Some thoughts towards a synthesis from the session “Social change in mountains: How does it happen?” The talks can be divided into three different categories: Speakers a) described and brought to public attention existing but often invisible social inequalities due to ongoing changes, b) used observations to challenge conceptions of social structures, and c) looked … More Social change in mountains: How does it happen?

The impacts of the commodification of landscapes, new social actors and uses on the territorial capital of mountain regions

This session aimed to focus on the valorization of mountain areas by the commodification of new new resources. These were, during the preparation of this session, identified as: (a) food, (b) raw materials, (c) drinking water, (d) hydropower, (e) residences and (f) landscapes of constructed wilderness. The specific and new character of the exploitation of … More The impacts of the commodification of landscapes, new social actors and uses on the territorial capital of mountain regions

Round Table – Guidelines for Future Assessments of Sustainable Mountain Development

This Round Table was organized around two panels. The first asked five people to respond to a key paper of SD assessment (Parris and Kates 2003), particularly to the different motivations for assessments and to the steps needed to ensure salience, credibility and legitimacy. Thomas Dax emphasized the SMD assessment process rather than the assessment … More Round Table – Guidelines for Future Assessments of Sustainable Mountain Development

Current Assessments of Sustainable Mountain Development

The first two presentations, by Fang Yiping and Chagat Almashev, focussed on two specific assessments, the first on all Chinese mountains, of which there are many, and the second on the mountains within the Altai Republic of the Russian Federation.  Fang’s work delineated his definitions of landform (plains, hills, mountains, plateaux). He then overlaid this … More Current Assessments of Sustainable Mountain Development

Mountain social-ecological system dynamics and resilience to global change (2)

Session 43 (Mountain social-ecological system dynamics and resilience to global change) brought up the importance of connectivity in system functionality. Connectivity is vital to ensure diversity in mountains to sustain healthy populations (livestock, wildlife and humans). Fencing some of the grazing areas of Tibetan pastoral communities restricts the movement of herds across their traditional pastures … More Mountain social-ecological system dynamics and resilience to global change (2)

Urbanization in mountain areas in the frame of metropolitisation and global change

This session aimed to focus on processes of urbanization which includes urban enlargement, urban-rural linkages, functional change of rural areas but also possible countertendencies. In this sense the announced titles for presentations were promising. Presenters were: Marcus Nüsser and colleagues /Heidelberg), Raghubir Chand (Nainital/India), Xuegian Song and colleagues (Chengdu/China), Haavard Teigen (Lillehammer/Norway). The experience with … More Urbanization in mountain areas in the frame of metropolitisation and global change

High-elevation climate

The “High Elevation Climate” session showcased a geographically and thematically diverse range of cutting-edge mountain climate science. In the first talk of the session, Kenichi Ueno enlightened the session on the complexity of climate processes in the Japanese Alps and on-going research initiatives to better characterise them. Particularly interesting was the description of the broad-ranging … More High-elevation climate

Generating and managing data and knowledge in climate and water resources for climate adaptation

To promote and support sustainable mountain development (SMD), a sound knowledge base is required, and the sharing of this knowledge has to be ensured. The programme “Sustainable Development for Global Change (SMD4GC)” supports various activities to contribute to SMD, such as the generation and management of data and knowledge in climate and water resources as … More Generating and managing data and knowledge in climate and water resources for climate adaptation