Conflict and compromise at the recharge.green conference

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Hydropower | No Comments
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At the final conference of the recharge.green project, in Sonthofen, Germany in May, researchers invited the international (Alpine-wide) community for a discussion on the theme of balancing nature and energy in the Alps. The discussion quickly turned to an ongoing debate in the area – a proposed hydropower plant to be built near the nearby […]

Katherine Leitzell

About Katherine Leitzell

Katherine Leitzell is a science writer at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), in Laxenburg Austria. IIASA researchers are working on the economic-ecological modelling for the recharge.green project.

Call of the wild? What are we trying to achieve with European nature conservation?

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in Biodiversity | No Comments
Most of the remaining areas in Europe that are considered to have "high wilderness quality" are located at high elevations.  (Source: European Environment Agency http://www.eea.europa.eu/data-and-maps/figures/wilderness-quality-index)

In the European Union nature conservation is framed by a set of legislative and other policy tools that prescribe various measures for the preservation of protected animal and plant species and their habitats. Recently the European Commission summarized its conservation goals in the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020, which, given that about a quarter of […]

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About Karin Svadlenak-Gomez

“I am passionate about nature and mountains, so it is quite satisfying to be involved in a project that seeks a balanced approach to using and protecting the diverse natural resources in the Alps.” _ Karin Svadlenak-Gomez, Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Lead Partner support in project management and public relations of the recharge.green project