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 […]

svadlenak

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

Review on renewable energies and ecosystem service impacts

Are hydropower plants impacting natural hazard protection? How far windmills impact bird and bats populations? Does the use of forest biomass impact the recreational value of forests? Do ground mounted photovoltaic installations seal soil surfaces? A scientific literature review adresses these and many other questions on ecosystem service impacts of renewable energy sources. This review was rechently […]

hastik

About Richard Hastik

As a geographer it is interesting to be confronted with different views regarding the balance between preservation and use of natural resources in the Alps. _Richard Hastik, assisting in questions regarding ecosystem services and situation analysis

World Water Week: Water and energy in the Alps

Kaprun Power Plant in the Austrian Alps.

In Norway, 99% of power is provided by renewable energy in the form of hydropower.  Norway produces so much power from rivers and streams that it is now expanding capacity to provide hydropower to its neighboring countries. Could the same be done in the Alps? Hydropower is already pervasive in the Alps, providing about 100 […]

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.

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 […]

svadlenak

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

Publication on Renewable Energy and Ecosystem Services

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How do Forest Biomass, Agricultural Biomass, Hydropower, Wind Energy, Photovoltaic and Geothermal Energy impact Ecosystem Services? Which importance do the specific energy sources actually have in the Alpine Area? Which are the main impact dimensions of each energy source and on which factors do they depend upon? Do scientific guidelines on environmental impacts address Ecosystem […]

hastik

About Richard Hastik

As a geographer it is interesting to be confronted with different views regarding the balance between preservation and use of natural resources in the Alps. _Richard Hastik, assisting in questions regarding ecosystem services and situation analysis