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

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 forests: Stresses, disturbances and ecosystem services (1)

Welcome to session 6, 7 and 8 blog provided by Georg Gratzer and William Keeton. We welcome your comments and questions, particularly to those raised below. Studies on biodiversity conservation in forest management frequently suffer from the inclusion of few taxa or few (and often less tested) biodiversity indicators. A long term study presented in … More Mountain forests: Stresses, disturbances and ecosystem services (1)

Mountain social-ecological system dynamics and resilience to global change (1)

Our first session was an exciting kickoff for the day!  We had a full room gathered to explore SES dynamics in response to global change.  The session featured the broad topic and the different ways that people are addressing the session topic.  We began the session with two conceptual approaches to addressing SES in mountains.  … More Mountain social-ecological system dynamics and resilience to global change (1)

Sustainable tourism development (1)

Sustainable Tourism Session 1 Three great presentations demonstrating different aspects of tourism development were provided in session 1 The first Rural tourism initiatives in Northeastern Portugal: 2007-2013 regional incentives promoting tourism presented by Silvia Nobre gave a good introduction into the development of tourism initiatives to promote the rural economy and job diversification particular attention … More Sustainable tourism development (1)

Sacred mountain landscapes and biocultural diversity

Our session had only five papers, but the depth of analysis, the warmth of the discussion and the enthusiasm of the participants were wonderful. A number of recurring themes emerged across the five papers. The first was the sense that the ‘sacred’ is often used as an excuse for something else. In Robert Zomer’s paper the … More Sacred mountain landscapes and biocultural diversity