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

Participatory Approach to Natural Resources Management

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Nowadays, natural resources are seriously threatened by human activities and their abundance is decreasing rapidly. In order to guarantee the availability of natural capital for future generations, it is fundamental to recognize the importance of management. Often, production purposes lead to non-sustainable practices, causing environmental depletion. An effective natural resources governance should take into account […]

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About Gianluca Grilli

Gianluca Grilli has an Ms in environmental economics. He is a PhD student in environmental engineering at the University of Trento, Italy. He works as a researcher at the Institute of Renewable Energy at Eurac. His main research interests are ecosystem services evaluation and management, GIS modeling and applied econometrics.

Renewable Energy – Chances or conflicts?

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Renewable Energy is often seen as chance, for instance to solve global environmental problems, to strengthen regional economies, to cope communal budget crises or as vehicle for new, participative governance-approaches. However, in mountainous areas such as the Alps renewable energies also have to cope with particular dichotomies such as high energy potential versus high biodiversity […]

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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

Valuing the invaluable

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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