Protected areas as model regions for sustainable development

It has been an interesting session, with 7 presentations from the Alps, the Iberian mountains, the Sinai, Himalaya and the Andes. Mountain protected areas can be seen as model regions of sustainability, however, in some cases it still might be a long way to fullfil this goal. Indicators demonstrated in the presentations were: moths and spiders as … More Protected areas as model regions for sustainable development

How can mountain communities adapt to increased extreme weather events?

There is increasing evidence that extreme weather events are increasing in the Alps, the Canadian Rockies and the Himalayas and the main challenge is to decide how much of the impact is caused by weather events alone or in combination with land use changes. It is likely that land use changes are  playing a critical … More How can mountain communities adapt to increased extreme weather events?

Linking past land use legacies and future land use trajectories in mountain regions

A parallel session „Linking past land use legacies & future land use trajectories in mountain regions” started immediately after the Conference Opening ceremony on the first day. Its main goal was to discuss how far previous human actions in the landscape are reflected by present-day land use and land cover change dynamics, and how they … More Linking past land use legacies and future land use trajectories in mountain regions

Advances in observatories of mountain social ecological systems

Our session focused on the socio-ecological research conducted at long term observatories or long term ecological research sites (LTER) and long term socio-ecological research (LTSER) platforms. Themes which emerged from the presentations and discussion in my mind were firstly the value of considering gradient analysis to maximise knowledge of the interaction between humans and their … More Advances in observatories of mountain social ecological systems

Challenges and advances in cross-scale research of governance in mountain systems

Mountain systems often have governance arrangements that are as complex as their topography. Conflicting or poorly coordinated governance processes across scales can undermine possibilities for sustainable management and adaptation to change. It is increasingly clear that coordination in governance across scales offers benefits as well as challenges for sustainability and adaptation. Therefore our roundtable brought … More Challenges and advances in cross-scale research of governance in mountain systems

Roundtable session: Maximise the mountains profile in Horizon 2020!

1. Introduction The tool to maximise the mountains profile in H2020 was at the center of this roundtable session. This tool is the strategic research agenda “Mountains for Europe’s Future”, which, simply speaking, aims at getting more mountain research topics into the 2018-20 workprogrammes and calls of H2020.  The objective of the session was to … More Roundtable session: Maximise the mountains profile in Horizon 2020!