EUROMONT: Training on landscape modelling and stakeholder consultation in European mountain areas
SOCRATES Intensive Course, Spanish Pyrenees , 7 to 19 June 2006



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Based on results of ECOMONT, SUSTALP and CARBOMONT a series of SOCRATES intensive courses are being carried out in the Alps, the Spanish Pyrenees and the Scottish Highlands. They interrelate different fields of knowledge important for concepts of sustainable mountain development. The next IP course EUROMONT will be carried out in the Spanish Pyrenees and will provide a training on environmental monitoring and decision making modelling. The course will combine field excursions and lectures concerned with the monitoring of various environmental parameters, and the use of data in decision models such as the Limits of Acceptable Change system and Requisite Decision Modelling. On the last day a practical decision conferencing workshop will be organised, where a concept of key indicators of environmental change will be developed for the Spanish Pyrenees. The setting of quality standards by concensus will be elaborated at scales from catchment to national level. The teaching programme will be provided by the Universities of Innsbruck, Zaragoza and Lleida, by the Instituto Pirenaico de Ecologia (IPE) Jaca and by the Centre for Hydrology and Ecology (CEH) Banchory.

Planned schedule of the IP course EUROMONT


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The theme of environmental monitoring will be developed by a series of field visits from the the Ebro Valley to the Western Pyrenees demonstrating different management strategies.

Field visits in the Ebro valley will provide the basis for studying environmental monitoring and landscape management in a region of conflicting sustainable water use (agriculture, nature protection, hydroelectric power plants).

Field visit to the Natural Parks Moncayo, San Juan de la Penja and the National Park Ordesa will show the environmental monitoring schemes for conservation areas with conflicting agricultural and tourism activities.

Field visits to the Hecho valley and the Formigal Mountain recreation area will illustrate the management scheme of sustainable rural development and the development
schemes for skiing areas in the Spanish Pyrenees.


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Based on field visits a series of lectures on different schemes of environmental monitoring and landscape management will be we given during the IP course.

Regional and local scale monitoring: Environmental Change Network (ECN) monitoring; Limits of Acceptable Change (LAC) monitoring.

Large scale monitoring: Environmentally Sensitive Areas Programme; CS 2000 national Countryside monitoring; Demonstration of Countryside Information System software.


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Participants will work in groups to identify and prioritise different types of environmental indicators.

Group session 1: Selecting a preferred site for a Pyreneen ski resort, ecotourism.

Group session 2: Identification of key environmental indicators and identification of quality standards for the above mentioned developments.

Applied modelling tools: Mind Manager, VISA, Decision Explorer


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The teaching staff will consist of experts from the participating Universities and research centres conducted by Alexander Cernusca, David Badia, Federico Fillat, Daniel Gomez and Neil Bayfield.