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Sustainable development of mountain regions for countries in transition (SMD-T): an appraisal of options for sustainable development with case studies in Caucasus mountain villages

English title Sustainable development of mountain regions for countries in transition (SMD-T): an appraisal of options for sustainable development with case studies in Caucasus mountain villages
Applicant Meessen Heino
Number 111103
Funding scheme SCOPES
Research institution Zentrum für Entwicklung und Umwelt Universität Bern
Institution of higher education University of Berne - BE
Main discipline Social geography and ecology
Start/End 01.11.2005 - 31.03.2009
Approved amount 67'120.00
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All Disciplines (3)

Discipline
Social geography and ecology
Sociology
Applied linguistics

Keywords (5)

SD in mountain regions; transition context of CIS; participation of mountain communities; village projects; dissemination of results

Lay Summary (English)

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Lay summary
Main objective of JRP proposed by the Russian Academy of Science (Institute of Geography - Moscow) and the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE , Institute of Geography - University of Berne) is to contribute to Sustainable Mountain Development in the Transition context (SMD-T). Rethinking of existing academic and mostly disciplinary oriented approaches and identifying potentials of mountains in their new economic, social and environmental context are the two challenging methodological "transition" objectives of the JRP.
Key questions:
-In which priority fields and how to move from the economically insufficient transition situation to better living conditions ?
-How can local conditions and processes be assessed to gain an in-depth impression of livelihoods and resource management ?
Research topics
Main research topic of the JRP will be the development of an adapted methodology on SMD-T and of participatory tools which will be tested in these selected mountain communities and will be focused on the following issues:
-Defining the current state of the livelihoods & communities
-Identifying processes, presses and potentials
-Developing responses and options

Field work will be carried out in Caucasus mountain regions of Russia. Research within at least two case studies will focus on the needs of local communities. The case studies will be combined with priority activities in order to enhance economic opportunities for the mountain population.
Methodology and tools for this integrated analysis of socio-economic and environmental post-soviet changes at the local scale will be developed using the experience of CDE and of international partners of the centre's research networks. Special attention will be devoted to understand the latent or hidden processes (mechanisms) that could determine the economic and social life of mountain societies, and to revealing the self-assessment of population as main economic actor. Small scale priority pilot activities and projects (PP) on the village level will be developed and implemented jointly with the communities . Dissemination of the tested "transition" approach for SMD-T will be a major and integrated part of the JRP using the networks of RAS in Caucasus and other Russian and NIS mountain regions and of CDE for international mountain networks and donor contacts.
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