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 forests: Stresses, disturbances and ecosystem services (2)

Welcome to the Session 6, 7, and 8 blog, coordinated jointly by Drs. Georg Gratzer and William Keeton. We welcome your comments and questions.  We have provided several summary points and questions below and welcome your response to these in particular. Studies on biodiversity conservation in forest management frequently suffer from the inclusion of few … More Mountain forests: Stresses, disturbances and ecosystem services (2)

Mountain forests: Stresses, disturbances and ecosystem services (3)

Session 6: Mountain forests: stresses, disturbances and ecosystem services 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 … More Mountain forests: Stresses, disturbances and ecosystem services (3)

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 (2)

The second block of presentations under the session theme of Sustainable Tourism Development in mountain regions, was chaired by me (Carolina Adler). The session featured a number of very interesting and engaging presentations, each with very good contributions to make to the whole debate of tourism development in mountains. A brief outline of key points … More Sustainable tourism development (2)

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

Mountain treeline ecotones: Threshold dynamics and climatic relationships (3)

In the third treeline session for the conference, the emphasis shifted to competition and ecosystem processes operating within the treeline ecotone. The session continued to be well attended even for one late in the day. Alison Hester started out the session by reporting on a multi-authored meta-analysis of the importance of herbivory at treeline. The … More Mountain treeline ecotones: Threshold dynamics and climatic relationships (3)

The role of alpine cryosphere in endorheic basins of the world

The session “The role of alpine cryosphere in endorheic basins of the world” included only three presentation but was very well attended and, with time on our hands, we had a good discussion. The largest endorheic basins are in Asia so the talks focused on Central Asia and Tibet. Christaine Meier of Helmholtz Center for … More The role of alpine cryosphere in endorheic basins of the world

Mountain ecosystem services, adaptive management and global change (2)

Blog contribution by the session chair, Sam Kanyamibwa (skanyamibwa@arcosnetwork.org), posted by Harald Bugmann. The session was composed of 6 presentations: 20-1- Studying trade-offs between timber production, protection and biodiversity in uneven-aged mountain forests (Dr Valentine Lafond). 20-2: Can adapted forest management sustain the provision of multiple ecosystem services in different European mountain regions? (Mr Marco Mina) … More Mountain ecosystem services, adaptive management and global change (2)