Globalization and Marginalization in Mountain Regions

Assets and Challenges in Marginal Regions

  • Raghubir Chand
  • Walter Leimgruber

Part of the Perspectives on Geographical Marginality book series (PGEO, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Raghubir Chand, Walter Leimgruber
    Pages 1-8
  3. Explorations

  4. Development Potential of Mountain Regions and Globalization

  5. Climate Change, Mountain Ecology, and Adaptation in the Himalayas

  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 229-229
    2. Raghubir Chand, Walter Leimgruber
      Pages 231-234
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 235-240

About this book


This book looks at the global importance of mountain systems, emphasizing their ecological and socio-economic role in light of climate change and globalization. With a special focus on the Himalayas, it also examines the Czech–German–Austrian mountain borderland, the Alps, the Andes, the highland regions of Malaysia, and the Arctic. The contributors, specialists in their fields, all use an integrative approach that develops and argues the concept of mountain regions as a global common good. Readers also discover that mountain systems and mountain communities are often marginalized and left behind by the process of globalization.
Case studies throughout detail the effects of climate change and global warming on both nature and local/regional societies, such as declining water supplies, a shifting vegetation line, and other important issues   facing not only mountains but also the vast regions depending on them. In addition, the comprehensive coverage offers authenticated viewpoints  from some of the most eminent explorers of Tibet in the nineteenth century. More than 50 percent of the global human population draws benefits directly or indirectly from mountain resources and services. This book provides practitioners, researchers, students, and other interested readers with a compelling look at the global importance of this imposing, yet sensitive ecosystem.


Marginalization Mountain Systems Community Livelihood Political Economy Ecosystem Services Climate Change Response Mechanisms Globalization Mountain Communities Regional Sustainability Social-cultural Diversity Resource Endowments Mitigation Strategies

Editors and affiliations

  • Raghubir Chand
    • 1
  • Walter Leimgruber
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of GeographyKumaun UniversityNainitalIndia
  2. 2. Dept. of Geosciences, GeographyUniversity of FribourgFribourgSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-32648-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-32649-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2367-0002
  • Series Online ISSN 2367-0010
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