Mountains cover 22% of the world's land surface and are home to about 915 million people. In Europe, mountain ranges cover 36% of the European area and play an essential role in the provision of public and private goods. Despite their relevance in both ecological and socioeconomic terms, mountains are still considered as ‘the undervalued ecological backbone of Europe’ because of a lack of updated and comparable knowledge about many aspects of these regions.
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This article was originally posted by The James Hutton Institute