Geo–ecology and management of sensitive montane landscapes
There are many similarities between the Cairngorm Mountains (Scotland), the Giant Mountains (Czech Republic) and Abisko Mountains (Sweden) in terms of geology, geomorphology, ecology, links with biodiversity and high conservation importance. Comparable pressures and management issues involve, to varying degrees, a history of human use and impacts from deforestation, pasturing, grazing, recreation and atmospheric pollution. Landscape change therefore involves a complex interplay between natural and anthropogenic factors. Managing such change requires better understanding of the geo–ecological processes involved and the factors that determine landscape sensitivity. This is illustrated through a simple framework and examples from the three areas. Comparison of landscape sensitivity between similar montane areas, but in different geographic locations and climatic environments, should allow more informed management planning and a precautionary approach in advance of further changes in human activity and from predicted global warming scenarios.
Document Type: Original Article
Affiliations: 1: Scottish Natural Heritage, Edinburgh, UK 2: Krkonoše National Park Administration, Vrchlabí, Czech Republic 3: Abisko Scientific Research Station, Sweden 4: Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, Uppsala, Sweden
Publication date: 2002-01-01