This book brings together scientists and practitioners from five continents to present their experience in undertaking activities that contribute to our understanding and informed management of mountain areas.
In particular, they address the challenges of working in interdisciplinary teams and of effectively involving stakeholders.
The result is a powerful book that integrates research from different disciplines in the natural and social sciences, and in some cases indigenous knowledge, to address the question of how knowledge is gained about mountain areas and how can it be integrated and used in effective management. A comprehensive introduction covers the challenges in mountain area research and management, and the need for integrated approaches.
This is followed by chapters that look at key areas of mountain research and management over the past 25 years, covering inter-and trans-disciplinary research, subsistence cultures and sustainable development, innovations in watershed management and biodiversity conservation.
Subsequent chapters cover key areas of research and management on five continents with a focus on comparison of common challenges and solutions across regions.
The concluding chapter brings these experiences together. Published with Parks Canada