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Scenarios for reconciling biodiversity conservation with declining agricultural use in the mountains of europe

Objective

Europe's mountain biodiversity is central to Natural 2000 and the European Biodiversity Strategy. Decline in agricultural use in mountain areas has dramatic biodiversity consequences including threats to priority species and semi-natural habitats but also opportunities for reintroduction of large mammals and habitat restoration. The project objective is to develop and evaluate strategies for reconciling conservation of mountain biodiversity with declining agriculture. Options for conservation of priority species and habitats are configured into three conceptual policy scenarios; business as usual, managed decline and biodiversity enhancement. Biodiversity consequences are predicted using advanced ecological modelling. Scientific, economic and policy feasibility and public acceptability are evaluated through an innovative sustainability appraisal. Practical outputs are ensured through the participation of stakeholder panels.

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IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
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High Street
TN25 5AH Ashford
United Kingdom

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Participants (9)

ARISTOTLE UNIVERSITY OF THESSALONIKI
Greece
Address
University Campus
54006 Thessaloniki

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CENTRE FOR RURAL RESEARCH
Norway
Address
University Centre, Ntnu Dragvoll
7491 Trondheim

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CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
Address
Route De Mende 1919
34293 Montpellier

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FUNDACAO DA FACULDADE DE CIENCIAS E TECNOLOGIA DA UNIVESIDADE NOVA DE LISBOA
Portugal
Address
Quinta Da Torre
2825 Monte Da Caparica

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INSTITUTE OF LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY OF THE SLOVAK ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Slovakia
Address
Stefanikova N°3
81499 Bratislava

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NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL
United Kingdom
Address
Hill Of Brathens
AB31 4BW Banchory(kincardinshire)

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NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Norway
Address
Realfagbygget
7491 Trondheim

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SWISS FEDERAL INSTITUTE FOR FOREST, SNOW AND LANDSCAPE RESEARCH
Switzerland
Address
Zuercherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf

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UNIVERSITY OF MACEDONIA
Greece
Address
156,egnatias 156
54006 Thessaloniki

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