The Mountain Calls – Help!

The Alps run the risk, in the concentrated onslaught of mass tourism, haul, a disaster-prone stone desert degenerate urban sprawl and climate change. The Alps, holiday Mecca for millions of winter sports enthusiasts, hikers, climbers and skiers: but the White Mountain Idyll is in danger, in the concentrated onslaught of mass tourism, haul, to degenerate urban sprawl and climate change to a disaster-steeped stone desert. Clear warning signs such as avalanche winter and the flooding in the Bavarian and Austrian Alps, landslides and floods, disappearing glaciers, green winter or disastrous tunnel fires cause mostly only a short pause of the economic exploitation of this sensitive ecosystem. And the extreme events will increase in the mountains. Especially the concern of our Austrian neighbours to preserve its most precious natural resource is understandable, falls under the EU definition for mountain area but about two-thirds of the total area of the country\”. In addition, half of the country’s more than 2,300 municipalities almost has their life and economy in the mountains.

This could change rapidly, because the decay of this mountain world with the African continental plate fascinating incurred 37 million years ago from a collision of the European is barely keeping up. All burning issues, such as transport and tourism, is invested in areas, which have no future. So it does not goes\”, Andreas Gotz, Managing Director of the international Alpenschutzkomission CIPRA, which include over 100 associations and organisations from the seven Alpine countries, six years ago warned. The uplands in the peaceful shade of industrial development, was in the 19th and 20th century grows the Alpine population with an annual increase of 0.63 percent today more than the European average (0.38 per cent). So must the fragile Alpine arc, which extends over eleven million inhabitants as a Habitat 1000 kilometers from Nice Vienna and In addition, more than 120 million tourists serve as recreation and entertainment facility.

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