Mountains as global suppliers: New forms of disparities between mountains and the metropolitan nodes

Monday, 9 June, 2014 - 09:10

JAR/RGA is the only journal for mountain issues purely scientific. It has an international board and is one of the few ISI ranked French geographic journals. Each volume has four issues (three thematic ones, one mixed). Its focus lies on European and North African mountains but according to the thematic issues case studies in other mountain ranges are welcome. Each scientific article is peer reviewed and completely bilingual. Authors have to deliver an English version and one other of the following languages: French, German, Italian or Spanish. JAR/RGA is accessible online with free fulltext downloads (


  • Spatial division of value adding: New spatial disparities due to new functional hierarchies in a globalised economy, like the concentration of powerful economic clusters in metropolitan areas and less important activities in mountains, which may be burdening, like mining, mass tourism, real estate speculation.

  • Selective exploitation of spatial resources: Current development strategies propose to develop less populated mountain regions according to their functions as providers of attractive landscapes or as a reservoir for raw materials and water. This may induce a prosperous economic development in the short term but may weaken its long term options when the growth period is over.

  • Inclusion and Exclusion: New economic functions may bring new stakeholders into the mountains: new inhabitants, economic actors, and agents of the civil society. On the other hand, the ancient stakeholders may lose power and certain groups may face exclusion. Former public space may become valorised and drawn back from public use which especially excludes long term inhabitants and non-consuming.

  • Territorial cohesion: New asymmetries of governance power and challenges to territorial cohesion by different interests: dynamic regions on the one hand, less dynamic regions on the other. In many cases the dividing line runs between the mountains and lowlands.


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