The scientific councils of Alpine protected areas: an overview and analysis of their contribution to linking science and management
Arpin, I. ; Ronsin, G. ; Scheurer, T. ; Wallner, A. ; Hoblea, F. ; Churakova, O. ; Cremer-Schulte, D. ; Braun, V.
Type de document
Article de revue scientifique à comité de lecture
Affiliation de l'auteur
IRSTEA GRENOBLE UR DTGR FRA ; IRSTEA GRENOBLE UR DTGR FRA ; SWISS ACADEMY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES BERN CHE ; SWISS ACADEMY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES BERN CHE ; CNRS UMR EDYTEM BOURGET DU LAC FRA ; ETH ZURICH CHE ; ALPARC CHAMBERY FRA ; AUSTRIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES INSSBRUCK AUT
Résumé / Abstract
There are numerous protected areas (PAs) within the Alpine Arc. PA practitioners strongly rely on science to gain legitimacy and address complex issues. To this end they establish scientific councils (SCs), a scientific department, or both. Drawing on Alpine and French surveys and an international workshop organized in Chambery (France) in June 2015, this article gives an overview of SCs in Alpine PAs. It shows that especially France and Switzerland have a high number of SCs and that SCs are highly diverse in their composition, organization, activities and formation. It discusses the capacity of SCs to bring useful (i.e. credible, legitimate and salient) science to PAs and compares them with other ways of linking scientists and PA practitioners. More understanding is needed of how PAs combine different institutional frameworks to engage in boundary science to better grasp the functioning and specific assets and limitations of SCs.
eco.mont: Journal on Protected Mountain Areas Research, vol. 8, num. 2, p. 5 - 12