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Sustainable development research

Mountains and Climate Change - A Global Concern
Mountains are among the regions most affected by climate change. The implications of climate change will reach far beyond mountain areas, as the contributions in the present publication show. Themes discussed are water, glaciers and permafrost, hazards, biodiversity, food security and economy. The case studies included show that concrete adaptive action has been taken in many mountain areas of the world. The publication concludes with a series of recommendations for sustainable mountain development in the face of climate change.

Combating poverty through better use of natural resources

Natural resources are under increasing pressure in the face of climate change and the growing global demand for raw materials. The problem of unequal access to resources in many parts of the world means that the livelihoods of rural poor people are also at risk. Tackling this issue, a new study, Pro-poor Resource Governance under Changing Climates, has been published by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), with the support of a number of partner organizations including CDE.

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

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


Clubs and societies in the Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch World Heritage region

Clubs and societies offer a space for fun and games, sports, and cultural activities. But they do far more than that. They are important places of social identity building. By bringing different people together, they foster social cohesion and integration. And last but not least, they contribute to democratic culture. What kinds of associations exist in and around the Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch UNESCO World Heritage site, and what do they do?

Motorbikes and scooters going electric

Electrically powered scooters and motorcycles can help to reduce energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution, and traffic noise. An interdisciplinary team of researchers has analysed the impact of e-scooters in Switzerland on energy use, the environment, and people’s travel behaviour. They also observed the global and national markets for e-scooters and carried out various studies on charging infrastructure and road safety. A new brochure summarizes the results and offers recommendations for producers, importers, traders, and potential buyers of electric scooters and motorcycles.
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