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Interactive map of the Alps

Feb 05, 2019
Interactive map of the Alps

Alpine kaleidoscope for selected topics

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Mountain Research and Development Vol 38, No 4: Food Security and Sustainable Development in Mountains

Feb 04, 2019
Mountain Research and Development Vol 38, No 4: Food Security and Sustainable Development in Mountains

Four papers present opportunities and challenges for sustainable food systems worldwide and in Nepal, Pakistan, and Ladakh. Others explore the contribution of caterpillar fungus to livelihoods in India, the economics of walnut forests in Kyrgyzstan, dwarf pine cover in Slovakia, bacteriological characteristics of drinking water in Nepal, the impact of changing glacier conditions on mountaineering in New Zealand and of ski tourism on wildlife in Poland, and land use dynamics in the Argentinian puna.

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Mountain Research and Development Vol 38, No 3 available online and open access

Oct 12, 2018
Mountain Research and Development Vol 38, No 3 available online and open access

Topics are: the foresight process as a means of effective conservation in a national reserve in Peru, local perception of a dam project in Darjeeling, regeneration patterns of key tree species in Garhwal, water-holding of forest litter in China, the role of Acacia decurrens in Ethiopia, a high-resolution map of the world’s mountains and open access tool to compare mountain extents, and immigration of refugees to the European Alps as social innovation.

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Mountain Research and Development Vol 38, No 2 available online and open access

Jul 26, 2018
Mountain Research and Development Vol 38, No 2 available online and open access

Papers explore self-governed small-scale irrigation in Tajikistan; how Kenyan commercial horticulture affects water resources; the impact of extensive grazing on forest soils in Mexico; how mining restoration measures influence vegetation in Peru; human impact on vascular plants in Ethiopia; the impact of climate change on treelines in Nepal; and how climate warming affects snow availability in a ski area in New Hampshire, USA.

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Youth Participation in the Alps

May 20, 2014
Youth Participation in the Alps

This brochure sets a look on the multiple facets of the issue of youth participation in the seven countries of the Alpine region, analyzing the legal framework, the associations, the difficulties, the existing forms of participatory processes. Some useful links and contacts complete this journey.

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Mountain Research and Development Vol 37, No 4: Migration and Sustainable Development in Mountains

Jan 08, 2018
Mountain Research and Development Vol 37, No 4: Migration and Sustainable Development in Mountains

This focus issue on implications of out- and in-migration for sustainable development in mountains offers papers on asylum seekers, amenity migrants, young in-migrants, depopulation, the elderly, the structurally poor, and resettled migrants; they analyze social, environmental, and economic impacts of migration in mountains in Europe, Chile, Georgia, Nepal, Kyrgyzstan, Tibet, and Ethiopia. Further topics are vegetation, wildfire observation, and hydro-sociology.

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Mountain Research and Development, Vol 37, No 3: Mountain Forests and the SDGs

Oct 02, 2017
Mountain Research and Development, Vol 37, No 3: Mountain Forests and the SDGs

This Focus Issue assesses the role of mountain forests in relation to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. After an Introductory Essay, papers cover gender issues in agroforestry (Ethiopia) and community forests (Nepal), small-scale mountain farm forestry (Austria), rubber and the rural economy (China), a throughfall-exclusion experiment (Bhutan), mountain forest resilience (India), Andean forest landscape research, US federal forest productivity, rangeland property rights (Bhutan), and urban spatial growth modelling (China).

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Mountain Research and Development, Vol 37, No 1: Special Issue

Mar 08, 2017
Mountain Research and Development, Vol 37, No 1: Special Issue

This issue offers 14 peer-reviewed articles focusing on questions related to water, risk reduction, energy, land use change, biodiversity, vegetation ecology, conservation, gender policy, ethnobotany, indigenous knowledge, economic opportunities, mobility, and glacier monitoring—always with sustainable development in mind. Geographically, papers present insights from Nepal, China, Thailand, Kyrgyzstan, Poland, Switzerland, Italy, Ecuador, and Colombia.

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Mountain Research and Development, Vol 36, No 4: Mountains of Our Future Earth

Dec 22, 2016
Mountain Research and Development, Vol 36, No 4: Mountains of Our Future Earth

Papers emerged from the 2015 Perth III mountain conference and contribute to Future Earth. The first 3 present a tool to compare mountain photos, gender-sensitive participatory agroforestry, and social impact assessment; others explore seedling regeneration, ecosystem services, visitors’ use of energy, in-migration dynamics, environmental impacts of migration, and farmers’ decision-making. The last 3 are review-based agendas for future mountain research

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Mountain Research and Development, Vol 36, No 2, on Modernization and Sustainable Development in Mountains

Jun 15, 2016
Mountain Research and Development, Vol 36, No 2, on Modernization and Sustainable Development in Mountains

Papers address modernization and sustainable development, showing that some aspects of modernization can lead to sustainability—eg improved energy use in Europe, multilocal livelihoods in Pakistan, biosphere reserves in Europe, agrotourism in Thailand, or improved governance in Nepal. Further papers deal with carbon storage in Thailand, forest composition in China, stump debarking in the Czech Republic, treelines in the Andes, and hydropower energy storage in Europe.

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Global Soil Biodiversity Atlas

Jun 13, 2016

The JRC and the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative (GSBI) publish the first-ever Global Soil Biodiversity Atlas that maps the soil biodiversity of the entire planet. This unique Atlas pays tribute to soil – the silent engine that keeps the planet alive – by providing a detailed analysis of soil organisms and the threats to soil biodiversity at global scale.

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Olympic Realities – Six Cities after the Games

Jan 29, 2016
Olympic Realities – Six Cities after the Games

Since 2012 Bruno Helbling has travelled 6 Cities to discover and photograph Olympic sport venues. A large-format photo book with text essays by six journalist and experts will be published in october 2015 by Birkhäuser Publisher.

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Hochparterre: Constructive Alps

Nov 10, 2015
Hochparterre: Constructive Alps

In a special issue of the architecture magazine Hochparterre the four winners and all the nominees of the final round of Constructive Alps, the International award for sustainable renovation and new building in the Alps. In German with English summaries.

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A Sustainable Life - Wolfgang E. Burhenne and the development of environmental law

Sep 02, 2015

Wolfgang Burhenne is a most renowned and highly honoured personality in environmental law worldwide. International instruments such as the African Convention on the Conservation of Nature, the World Charter for Nature, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and others are rooted in his ideas, engagement and professional input. This book shows how passion and talent in a person combined with life experiences and circumstances in society and politics to shape a unique life. In the case of Burhenne, his life achievements benefit us all, as well as future generations.

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Helping ecosystems in Europe to adapt to climate change

Aug 04, 2015

This report summarises much of the work done by, and for, the Climate Change Group of the European Network of Heads of Nature Conservation Agencies (ENCA) between 2011 and 2013. The ENCA Climate Change Group is made up of experts in climate change and ecology from government conservation agencies across Europe.

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AlpStore Projects - Case Studies

Jun 10, 2015
AlpStore Projects - Case Studies

In AlpStore, 19 partners from all 7 Alpine countries investigated the short, medium and long term requirements for both stationary and mobile energy storages. They tested storages that need to be available all the time as well as others such as the batteries of electric vehicles, which may be disconnected from the power grid for a while. They used a wide range of technologies, such as biogas and hydrogen. They tested second life batteries and developed communication strategies and actively involved local citizens. This set of 12 case studies shall give an insight in the technologies, their availability and potential use cases. Partners of the local pilot applications share their findings, results and experiences. That shall allow a broad range of practitioners and planners to gain better understanding of how energy storage systems work and how they can help secure the prosperity of the Alpine Space.

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White Book - Smart Storage and Mobility (STORM)

Jun 10, 2015
White Book - Smart Storage and Mobility (STORM)

The Whitebook builds on the results of Alp-Store at about half time of the project. At the time of its publication AlpStore partners are in the midst of their research and deployment activities. Final guidelines of the project will be published in early 2015. They will describe the ultimate findings and give guidance to local and regional authorities, regional energy utilities and Investors. Nonetheless, it is worthwhile to use the information given in this Whitebook to structure the discussion process. Moreover, chapter 9.3 contains “Short-term non-regret options for players in Alpine regions”.

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Smart Storage and Mobility - Guidelines for Regional Decision Makers

Jun 10, 2015
Smart Storage and Mobility - Guidelines for Regional Decision Makers

In AlpStore, 19 partners from all 7 Alpine countries investigated the short, medium and long term requirements for both stationary and mobile energy storage. They tested storage that needs to be available all the time as well as others such as the batteries of electric vehicles, which may be disconnected from the power grid for a while. They used a wide range of technologies, such as biogas and hydrogen. They tested second life batteries and developed communication strategies and actively involved local citizens. Now, it is time to share their findings, results and experiences from the implemented pilot applications to contribute to a better understanding of how storage works and how they can help secure the prosperity of the Alpine Space.

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Connecting Mountains, people, nature - shaping the framework for an efficient european biodiversity policy for the alps

Jun 08, 2015
Connecting Mountains, people, nature - shaping the framework for an efficient european biodiversity policy for the alps

How successful are biodiversity policies, strategies and projects at connecting humans and nature in the Alps? The greenAlps project surveyed how efficient and effective nature conservation instruments are from the European to the municipal level. Our ultimate goal is to stimulate pro-nature governance change in Alpine countries.

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Staking a claim for nature - Policy recommendations for the alpine space

Jun 08, 2015
Staking a claim for nature - Policy recommendations for the alpine space

The policy recommendations in this document highlight some of the gaps that have to be filled and needs that have to be met in order to implement successful nature protection measures. Moreover, they underline the huge impact that political situations have on nature conservation.

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Energy & nature in the Alps: a balancing act. - Perpetual Calendar

Jun 01, 2015
Energy & nature in the Alps: a balancing act. - Perpetual Calendar

This perpetual calendar explains the main project findings, in particular to decision-makers from local to Alps-wide level. It takes readers through the decision-making process that the fictional town of “Alpine Vale” goes through when discussing the potential use of renewable energy.

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Mountain Research and Development, Vol 35, No 1, available online and open access

Jul 17, 2019
Mountain Research and Development, Vol 35, No 1, available online and open access

Two papers explore how French and Swiss mountain family farms adapt to socioeconomic and political change. Others study benefits of a pro-poor value chain for Indian farmers; Peruvian periurban farmers’ views on urbanization; European intergenerational practices for protected area management; a low-cost DEM methodology for the Andes; alpine forest communities’ response to climate variability in Nepal; and the impact of fertilizer on degraded grasslands in Tibet.

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EEA Report No 8/2014 - Adaptation of transport to climate change in Europe

Mar 16, 2015
EEA Report No 8/2014 - Adaptation of transport to climate change in Europe

Challenges and options across transport modes and stakeholders. This report explores current climate change adaptation practices concerning transport across European countries. It provides an overview on the challenges and state adaptation action, a review of a number of initiatives in different countries, and conclusions on a potential way forward. Its purpose is to stimulate discussions among the many different stakeholders concerned with transport adaptation. Opening the perspective on the transport system and sector as a whole should inspire and encourage learning from practices across modes and areas of responsibility and support efforts to mainstream adaptation within transport-related policy and practices. The factual information collected is based on data available in the Climate-ADAPT information platform, a literature review, case studies provided by many stakeholders, and a questionnaire on transport and adaptation addressed to EEA member countries in 2013.

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Save the alpine rivers!

Feb 11, 2015
Save the alpine rivers!

WWF European Alpine Program, 2014

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Mountain Research and Development, Vol 34, No 4, on Family Farming in Mountains

Dec 16, 2014
Mountain Research and Development, Vol 34, No 4, on Family Farming in Mountains

Based on centuries of experience in tackling mountain environments, farming families and communities have developed distinctive forms of institutions and organizational arrangements. This MRD Focus Issue on Family Farming in Mountains addresses the question to what extent these institutions and organizational arrangements have been able to cope with the current multiple challenges. It also explores whether family farming practices have succeeded in generating solutions in combination with new institutional arrangements and policies, and whether this enables family farmers in mountains to benefit from new opportunities.. The geographical range of papers in this issue reaches from Italy to Ukraine, Slovakia, China, Bolivia, and Spain.

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Mountain Landscape

Dec 12, 2014
Mountain Landscape

A decisionsupport system for the accessibility

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Soil Erosion in the Alps

Jun 04, 2014
Soil Erosion in the Alps

Experience gained from case studies (2006–2013)

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Mobile Borders

May 27, 2014
Mobile Borders

Alpine Variations

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The Future of Urban Mobility 2.0

May 08, 2014
The Future of Urban Mobility 2.0

Imperatives to shape extended mobility ecosystems of tomorrow

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