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Global Change in Mountain Regions: An Integrated Assessment of Causes and Consequences

Global Change in Mountain Regions: An Integrated Assessment of Causes and Consequences

Objective

Many of the world's mountain ecosystems are moving along trajectories that couple high rates of environmental change with strong economic changes, whose collective effect may alter the ability of mountain regions to provide critical goods and services, both to mountain inhabitants and lowland communities. In order to address the environmental challenges facing the world's mountain regions in the 21st Century, we will develop an integrative research strategy for detecting signals of global environmental change in mountain environments, for defining the consequences of these changes for mountain regions as well as lowland areas dependent on mountain resources, and for facilitating the development of sustainable resource management regimes for mountain regions. Following a kick-off meeting, the details of the research strategy will be formulated through a series of product-oriented workshops dedicated to:
1) Long-term Monitoring,
2) Integrated Modelling,
3) Process Studies, and
4) Sustainable Development. The concepts developed in these Thematic Workshops will be revisited, refined and synthesised during a final Open Science Conference on Global Change in Mountain Regions. By gearing the research strategy toward implementation in mountain Biosphere Reserves, the project will take advantage of the existing UNESCO infrastructure and ongoing Global Change research in these areas. The structure of UNESCO mountain Biosphere Reserves provides ideal natural Global Change laboratories with core protected mountainous areas surrounded by lower-elevation buffer zones that are more strongly influenced by human activities. Adapting the research strategy for implementation in UNESCO’s mountain Biosphere Reserves in both developed and developing countries will promote European scientific participation, capacity building and leadership. This will be achieved through the active participation of Biosphere Reserve managers in the development of the research strategy.'

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Coordinator

UNIVERSITÄT WIEN

Address

Dr. Karl Lueger-Ring 1
Wien

Austria

Administrative Contact

Georg GRABHERR (Professor)

Participants (13)

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CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE

France

CENTRE NATIONAL DU MACHINISME AGRICOLE, DU GÉNIE RURAL, DES EAUX ET DES FORÊTS

France

EIDGENÖSSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZÜRICH

Switzerland

JAWAHARLAL NEHRU UNIVERSITY

India

PERTH COLLEGE

United Kingdom

POTSDAM INSTITUTE FOR CLIMATE IMPACT RESEARCH

Germany

TECHNOLOGICAL AND EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTE OF LAMIA

Greece

UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION

France

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Netherlands

UNIVERSITY OF ZURICH

Switzerland

UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI-L'AQUILA'

Italy

UNIVERSITÄT BASEL

Switzerland

UNIVERSITÉ JOSEPH FOURIER GRENOBLE 1

France

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 506679

  • Start date

    1 November 2003

  • End date

    31 October 2005

Funded under:

FP6-SUSTDEV

  • Overall budget:

    € 448 265

  • EU contribution

    € 350 000

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITÄT WIEN

Austria