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Winter tourism and mountain agriculture are the most important economic sectors in a major part of the Swiss Alps. Both are highly sensitive to changing climatic conditions

Jeannette Behringer

2003

Scholarcy highlights

  • Winter tourism and mountain agriculture are the most important economic sectors in a major part of the Swiss Alps. Both are highly sensitive to changing climatic conditions
  • In the framework of the CLEAR project, results from climate impact research in the field of tourism and agricultural production were used to investigate the perception of climatic change by stakeholders and to assess possible adaptations
  • Whereas climate change may have various severe direct impacts on the tourism industry, depending on the region, agricultural production may generally benefit from changed climatic conditions
  • The two sectors may adapt actively by choosing from a variety of strategies, and the loss of income from the tourism industry may support the re-evaluation of the various functions agriculture plays in mountain regions, beyond the production of food
  • The study demonstrates the suitability of the participatory integrated assessment approach to elucidate the interactions between different stakeholders and their perception of the climate change phenomena
  • Participatory integrated assessment of adaptation to climate change in Alpine tourism and mountain agriculture

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