Summary and outlook

Schneiderbauer, Stefan, Fontanella Pisa, Paola, Rai, Shivani and Szarzynski, Joerg, "Summary and outlook" in Safeguarding Mountain Social-Ecological Systems A Global Challenge : Facing Emerging Risks, Adapting to Changing Environments and Building Transformative Resilience in Mountain Regions Worldwide ed. Schneiderbauer, Stefan, Fontanella Pisa, Paola, Shroder, John and Szarzynski, Joerg (Amsterdam: Elsevier B.V., 2023), 177-179.

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  • Author Schneiderbauer, Stefan
    Fontanella Pisa, Paola
    Rai, Shivani
    Szarzynski, Joerg
    Book Editor Schneiderbauer, Stefan
    Fontanella Pisa, Paola
    Shroder, John
    Szarzynski, Joerg
    Chapter Title Summary and outlook
    Book Title Safeguarding Mountain Social-Ecological Systems A Global Challenge : Facing Emerging Risks, Adapting to Changing Environments and Building Transformative Resilience in Mountain Regions Worldwide
    Publication Date 2023-12-01
    Place of Publication Amsterdam
    Publisher Elsevier B.V.
    Start page 177
    End page 179
    Language eng
    Abstract Many contributions in the two volumes of this book clearly show the increasing pressures that mountain social–ecological systems are facing worldwide—due to changing climate conditions, natural hazards, and socio-economic processes within an increasingly complex globalized world. Many articles underline the importance of mountain ecosystem services which benefit at least half of the global population; see, for example, in Volume 2 of this book, for the supply of water, for biodiversity provision, or concerning the production of energy and food. When considering the invaluable services provided by mountain systems, it is obvious that mountains continue to lack adequate recognition within international frameworks, initiatives, and programs. For instance, within the targets of the Agenda 2030s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), mountains are only explicitly named within the context of SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation) and SDG 15 (Life on Land). However, a systematic analysis of all the articles in the two volumes of this book and their links to the SDGs reveals that sustainable development in the mountains is directly or indirectly linked to the content of many SDGs. In addition to SDGs 6 and 15, prominently addressed are also SDG 13 (Climate Action), SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) as well as SDG 2 (Zero Hunger). The first figure shows the overall number of articles in both volumes of this book which cite each SDG (excluding the introductory chapters of the regional sections). This demonstrates the importance of mountains in sectors that are not always associated with high-altitude areas by the general public and policy makers, sectors such as food production, sustainable livelihoods of (rural but also urban) communities or innovative industries and infrastructure development.
    Copyright Holder Elsevier Inc.
    Copyright Year 2023
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    DOI 10.1016/B978-0-12-822095-5.00026-7
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