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 […]

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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

Whither the windmills?

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How much potential is there for wind and solar power in the Alps? That depends in large part on the extent and stringency of protected areas, according to the latest model results from researchers at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) for the recharge.green project. Areas in the Alps fall under a number […]

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.

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