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

RT. What are the key policy venues for mountain regions?

In the Round Table Session “what are the key policy venues for mountain regions” international dialogues and negotiations will be discussed in which mountain issues should be considered, included or mainstreamed. The formulation process of the SDGs in which, through the corporate efforts of the Mountain Partnership, mountains have been included in three different targets … More RT. What are the key policy venues for mountain regions?

RT: Advances in observatories of mountain social-ecological systems

Martha Apple (botanist from Montana Tech) explained her monitoring of snow field plant diversity in Glacier National Park, Montana (USA). Snow field plants exist along a gradient of growing season duration (or put another way, a gradient of release from snow cover). Snow field plants are therefore likely sensitive indicators of the precipitation regime and … More RT: Advances in observatories of mountain social-ecological systems

RT10. LTSER sites in European mountain areas

In a small session, where not only European sites where present but also people from Asia and South America, we discussed about a) standard protocols, b) open data and data repositories, c) availability and quality of social data, and d) missing ecological data. We worked out the particularities of sites present during the session and … More RT10. LTSER sites in European mountain areas

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!

RT14. Transdisciplinary approaches to sustainability of mountain social-ecological systems under global change

In preparation for our roundtable, please read the following: In this roundtable discussion, we will share experiences regarding best practices for effective transdisciplinary research in mountains.  We will ask whether there are similarities/differences in approaches to transdiscliplinary processes among roundtable participants and identify cross-cutting principles for success and /or enduring challenges. Comment: Know the full … More RT14. Transdisciplinary approaches to sustainability of mountain social-ecological systems under global change