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BÄTZING, W. (2003): Die Alpen. Geschichte und Zukunft einer europäischen Kulturlandschaft. 2. aktualisierte und völlig neu konzipierte Fassung. München: Verlag C.H. Beck.
The completely reviewed edition of this book describes the actual situation of the Alps and the specific problems of the Alpine space (transports, tourism, agriculture, industry and environment). Besides numerous facts and maps on the Alps, it also describes the origins of the Alpine space and the changes that occurred in the 19th and 20th century using this analysis to define future perspectives for this area as an independent area in Europe.

BONNIN, M. et al. (2007): Le Réseau écologique paneuropéen: état d’avancement Sauvegarde de la nature No. 146, Editions du Conseil de l’Europe, Strasbourg.
The pace at which biodiversity declines is quickening worldwide. Habitat break-up, pollution, over-use of natural areas and the creation of artificial landscapes increase the rate of erosion, while reducing species' opportunity for migration, dispersion and exchange. This book looks at the implementation of the Pan-European Ecological Network in the 55 states concerned. It has been written by a team under the aegis of the Council of Europe, comprising numerous government experts and specialists dealing with the issue of ecological networks.

BUND NATURSCHUTZ IN BAYERN e.V. (2004): Alpenpolitik in Deutschland – Anspruch und Realität, Kapitel Naturschutz. Bund Naturschutz Forschung Nr. 8. Nürnberg.
This book gives an overview and analysis of biodiversity conservation in the German Alps. It presents the conservation instruments as well as a list of the main threats to biodiversity in this region, the most important political documents and suggestions to improve the future development of biodiversity in the German Alps.

DUPUIS, F. (2006): Dossier biodiversité: de la variété à tous les étages. La Montagne & Alpinisme. Revue de la Fédération française des clubs alpins et de montagne et du Groupe de haute montagne. No. 225, 3/2006.
A general but well structured introduction to biodiversity in mountain areas (the text concentrates on French mountains). It contains interesting interviews with different scientists and staff of protected areas. The second part of the dossier offers some examples of the role of human activity for the conservation of biodiversity in mountain areas.

GASTON, K.J., SPICER, J.I. (2004): Biodiversity: an introduction. 2nd Edition. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing.
This concise introductory text provides a complete overview of biodiversity – what it is, how it arose, its distribution, why it is important, the human impact upon it, and what should be done to maintain it. It gives a timely overview of the serious attempts made to quantify and describe biodiversity in a scientific way and provides an easy entry point into the primary literature by providing real-world examples of key issues, including illustrations of major temporal and spatial patterns in biodiversity.

KLAUS, G. (2001): Diversité biologique: les perspectives du siècle naissant: résultats du projet suisse consacré à la biodiversité. Bâle, Birkhäuser.
This book illustrates biodiversity with more than one hundred pictures and graphs and resumes the present knowledge about biodiversity. In addition, it presents the conclusions of the biodiversity research project carried out by more than 50 scientists during eight years. The authors have analysed the Swiss situation and give some ideas for actions for future biodiversity conservation at the end of the book.

MRSIC, N. (1997): Biotic diversity in Slovenia. Slovenia, the "hot spot" of Europe. Ljubljana: Ministro za okolje in prostor, Uprava RS za varstvo narave.
This book contains various tables, graphs, black and white drawings, maps, bibliography and glossary about Slovenian biodiversity. This edition offers an extended English summary.

SWISS BIODIVERSITY FORUM (2004): La biodiversité en Suisse: état, sauvegarde, perspectives: fondements d'une stratégie nationale. Berne: Haupt Verlag.
The study concludes that genetic diversity and biodiversity are more at risk in Switzerland than in most other European countries. In the study, renowned scientists highlight striking shortcomings in protecting biodiversity and suggest a number of solutions. They call for improved outline conditions from politics and appeal for a sustainable approach to biological diversity. With its easily accessible, popular-science style, the study is aimed intentionally at the general public.

WWF (Ed.) (2005): Alpen im Überblick. Natura 2000 und Smaragd. WWF Switzerland.
This brochure presents the Alpine biodiversity and the various dangers that threaten this region. Other main topics of the brochure are the Natura 2000 and Emerald sites in the Alps and their important contributions to the conservation of the Alpine diversity.
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