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

Lessons from psychology – presenting facts is not enough to overcome human irrationality

Posted by on Jan 8, 2015 in Stakeholders | No Comments
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The notion of a “green economy” foresees a system that safeguards the environment for the purpose of ensuring jobs and universal affluence. It builds on changes in production and consumption patterns, and a rethinking of how we define human wellbeing. The EU has come up with a strategy on resource efficiency, which demands sustainability measures […]

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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

Who cares about tomorrow´s world? Insights from behavioural economics: How to ensure a future world worth living in

A new version of the public goods game by Harvard University researchers demonstrates that, under democratic governance conditions, most people are willing to co-operate to conserve resources for the future. (Illustration by Nature)

While recharge.green project focuses on reconciling biodiversity conservation and renewable energy development in the Alps, the project also needs to consider broader questions concerning the use of natural resources. Biodiversity conservation requires long-term commitments and inter-generational co-operation with people who have not even been born. How can today´s policy makers stimulate people to unselfishly co-operate […]

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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

Wicked problems, simple solutions?

Think about it:  In an age of climate change, decreasing humanity´s greenhouse gas emissions by producing  a greater share of energy from renewable sources seems like a no-brainer, doesn´t it?  But wait – how will that hydropower plant affect the flow of one of the last undisturbed streams in the Alps? Should we really manage […]

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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

Valuing the invaluable

Breithorn (4164 m, Swiss Alps) with gentian (Gentiana brachyphylla) in the foreground

Alpine nature is worth a lot more than people realize.  Most would agree that its resources (wood, water, tourism income, etc.) are valuable, but few realize just how much  the underlying  “services” of nature are worth to all of us. Mountain landscapes certainly have a lot of intrinsic value to me.  This may be because […]

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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