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The aspiration to implement evidence-based policies has led to an increased focus on quantitative indicators and targets defined at the European level as instruments for designing policy measures and assessing their impact. The authors argue that this constrains debate and has hindered the elaboration of a proactive European strategy for sustainable development in mountain regions.

Dr Robert Mills as part of his UK NERC soil security fellowship, he will be establishing long-term monitoring and experimental sites in the western highlands and the Cairngorm mountains in Scotland

New publication focused on recovery of an old (30-40 years old) dataset on plant biodiversity in the SE slope of the Alps.

Mansfield, Lois (2017) Managing upland resources: new approaches for rural environments. Whittles Publishing, Dunbeith, Scotland.
  • A comprehensive synthesis of academic and practical experience in understanding and managing upland environments
  • Includes models and practice guides outlining how vital areas are to be managed, supported and developed for the future
  • Provides practical options to create solutions

A research group at the Forest Science Centre of Catalonia (CTFC) has defined an index to measure the capacity of a forest to cope with natural disturbances, such as fires, droughts or windthrows. The index is based on the diversity and abundance of response traits present in species to respond to these threats.

The Economic and Financial Committee (Second Committee) of the United Nations General Assembly adopted the new resolution on sustainable mountain development on 18 November 2016. The resolution, which was submitted to the Second Committee by 46 States, discusses the economic, social and environmental statuses of mountains and calls for sustainable mountain development through international processes, financial mechanisms, awareness-raising and research.

Mountain Partnership (MP) members The Mountain Institute (TMI) and the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (RANS) presented an oral statement on behalf of the MP on 7 February 2017 during the 55th Commission for Social Development (CSocD55) at United Nations Headquarters in New York. Their statement called for the creation of a permanent, official UN entity “to insure that mountain stakeholders have a voice in implementing UN processes and the 2030 Agenda”.

The University of Basel invites PhD students to the 4th international and interdisciplinary PhD Summer School 'Research on Sustainable Development'. The school will take place from 10 – 14 July 2017 at the University of Basel, Switzerland.

This year's Summer School examines the interlinkages between sustainability and risk issues throughout all disciplines. In an inspiring interdisciplinary setting we will discuss and analyse approaches that conceptually and empirically link questions of sustainability and risks. The School will be highly interactive.

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