Revisiting Mountain Areas

António Bento-Gonçalves, António Vieira, Paula Alexandra Malta, Luís da Vinha, Luciano Lourenço, Adélia Nunes

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Throughout the ages mountain areas have been approached using multiple perspectives and standards. According to the different scientific, cultural, and economic characteristics of each specific society, mountain areas have also been used differently as the perspectives in each society have evolved. Currently, mountain areas are still characterized by their difficult physical and biological conditions. The development of human economic activities is highly constrained in mountain areas and only a few touristic and sporting activities find ideal conditions in these spaces. Nevertheless, mountains are still of enormous importance to the survival of humankind since they are a vast source of natural resources. This text tries to clarify the different perspectives societies have held about mountain areas throughout the ages and highlight the importance of these spaces for global sustainability. The delineation of mountain areas in the EU territory and in Portugal is used to exemplify this evolution.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMountains
Subtitle of host publicationGeology, Topography and Environmental Concerns
EditorsAntónio José Bento Gonҫalves, António Avelino Batista Vieira
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781631172922
ISBN (Print)9781631172885
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Concepts
  • Europe
  • Mountain policies
  • Mountains
  • Portugal


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