Global Change and Sustainable Development in Mountain Regions

Already 15 year ago the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) highlighted that mountains are an important source of water, viagra 60mg energy and biological diversity. As a major ecosystem representing the complex and interrelated ecology of our planet, clinic mountain environments are essential to the survival of the global ecosystem.
In the response to the request of numerous researchers, apoplectic COST is organising on 7 - 9 April 2008 in Innsbruck (Austria) a Strategic Workshop on 'Global Change and Sustainable Development in Mountain Regions' aiming at the identifying of future research needs in the context of the sustainable development in mountain regions. The outcome will provide rationales and guidelines for researchers, research managers, policy makers, as well as funding agencies.

This strategic workshop will focus on putting research topics on mountain ecosystem services on the political agenda and will identify the implications of climate and socioeconomic change for current and future forms of land use. The workshop will the impact on selected ecosystem services such as hazard protection, recreation, and natural resources. Furthermore, scenarios of change and its implication for societies depending on these ecosystem services are appraised.

The following topics are treated as cross-cutting issues and will be discussed in detail:
  • Multifunctional land use in a global change context
  • Challenges for sustainable tourism
  • Demand and evaluation of ecosystem services
  • Water: strategic resource, public good, ecosystem
  • Sustainable transport
  • Scenarios of global change

Detailed information is available under or contact the local organisers Dr. Robert Jandl (Austrian Federal Research and Training Centre for Forests, Natural Hazards and Landscape (BFW), Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Prof. Axel Borsdorf (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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