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Open Agriculture: Special Issue on the X European Mountain Convention and the I International Conference on Research for Sustainable Development in Mountain Regions

      Open Agriculture: Special Issue on the X European Mountain Convention and the I International Conference on Research for Sustainable Development in Mountain Regions 

GUEST EDITORS

Dr. Tomás de Figueiredo, Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Centro de Investigação de Montanha (CIMO), Portugal
Dr. Margarida Arrobas, Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Centro de Investigação de Montanha (CIMO), Portugal
Dr. Giampiero Lombardi, Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy

DESCRIPTION

The X European Mountain Convention and the I International Conference on Research for Sustainable Development in Mountain Regions was held in Bragança, Portugal, 3-7 October, 2016. Mountains 2016 was an international event aiming to promote sustainable development in mountains, based on science, knowledge and innovation. Mountains 2016 will combine two different events: the X European Mountain Convention and the I International Conference on Research for Sustainable Development in Mountain Regions.

X European Mountain Convention

Mountain areas have difficult climatic and environmental conditions, but mountain people are used to adapting to these. Thanks to their great experience of innovation and adaptation, they have already started to tackle the challenge of climate change. This X European Mountain Convention presented a state-of-the-art of the situation in mountain areas and of how experience and technical knowledge have been used to provide solutions to adapt to and mitigate climate change. The focus was on solutions not only at the policy level, but also at the practitioners’ level, on different issues such as agriculture, energy, water, transport and tourism.

I International Conference on Research for Sustainable Development in Mountain Regions 

The I International Conference on Research for Sustainable Development in Mountain Regions is a scientific event for sharing and discussing methods, tools, results, applications, trends and challenges in research in mountain systems. The accepted symposia to this conference were:

Symposium 6: Mountain agriculture and agroecology;
Symposium 10: Resources, risks and values: challenges for sustainable management in mountain viticulture;
Symposium 11: Tropical mountains: challenges in climate, soil and water resources management for sustainable development;
Symposium 13: Natural and human induced hazards in mountain areas under global change: trends and challenges;
Symposium 16: Livestock farming systems in European mountains: challenges and opportunities;
Symposium 19: Erosion threats in mountain environments: processes, impacts and mitigation;
Symposium 20: The XXI century mountains: sustainable management of mountainous areas based on animal traction

By bringing together the European mountain community and a broader international community of scientists and stakeholders, Mountains 2016 created a unique opportunity for individuals and institutions to share experiences and to establish information and collaboration networks. By jointly addressing climate change adaptation and ecosystem services in mountain regions, it provided an exceptional occasion to present important contributions to science and sustainable development in the mountains of Europe and the rest of the world.

CONTENTS

Quality traits of saffron (Crocus sativus L.) produced in the Italian Alps
Giorgi, Annamaria / Pentimalli, Daniela / Giupponi, Luca / Panseri, Sara

Increased vulnerability to wildfires and post fire hydro-geomorphic processes in Portuguese mountain regions: what has changed?
Nunes, A. N. / Lourenço, L.

The XXI century mountains: sustainable management of mountainous areas based on animal traction
Rodrigues, J.B. / Schlechter, P. / Spychiger, H. / Spinelli, R. / Oliveira, N. / Figueiredo, T.

Comparing effects of tillage treatments performed with animal traction on soil physical properties and soil electrical resistivity: preliminary experimental results
García-Tomillo, Aitor / Figueiredo, Tomás de / Almeida, Arlindo / Rodrigues, João / Dafonte Dafonte, Jorge / Paz-González, Antonio / Nunes, João / Hernandez, Zulimar

Electrical resistivity and spatial variation in agriculture terraces: statistical correlation between ert and flow direction algorithms
Fernandes, J. / Bateira, C. / Costa, A. / Fonseca, B. / Moura, R.

Using sustainable development actions to promote the relevance of mountain wines in export markets
Graça, António R. / Simões, Luís / Freitas, Rui / Pessanha, Miguel / Sandeman, George