SCNAT and its network are committed to a sustainable science and society. They support policy-making, administration and business with expert knowledge and actively participate in public discourse. They strengthen the exchange across scientific disciplines and promote early career academics.

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The Forum Landscape, Alps, Parcs (FoLAP)

Science-based decision-making—even if not favored by all political forces—is a must in finding sustainable solutions in today's complex world. But how can this process be made more effective? We at the Forum Landscape, Alps, Parks (FoLAP) believe that science-based decision-making is successful only if it is embedded in a well-mediated dialogue between science and practice. In addition, when land use decisions are at stake, “landscape” seems to be the relevant spatial dimension to engage people in a dialogue about their living environment and to achieve sustainable land use solutions.

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In a MRD MountainPlatform article, the FoLAP outlines how, by explicitly adopting and living a landscape approach, it aims to produce better long-term solutions for Swiss mountain regions by bringing together actors from science, practice, and policy, and supporting the integration of practical experience and scientific understanding.

Article FoLAP
Open Issue, Mountain Research Development: Volume 41, Issue 1 (February 2021)

Authors: Maarit Ströbele, Ursula Schüpbach
Pages: 1-3

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