Comhunenvi – Communication and human-environment interactions

Ongoing project

The Comhunenvi project - Territorial Communication and Human-Environment Interactions in Alpine Proximity Spaces - is part of a joint call for projects launched by Labex ITTEM, the Zone Atelier Alpes and the Free-Alps Federation in order to promote a more integrated approach to mountain socio-ecosystems, by encouraging inter- and trans-disciplinary research, between life and/or Earth sciences and humanities and social sciences.

© Amélie Coulbaut-Lazzarini
Revard mountain resort, Bauges massif

This project aims to better understand how effective communication can help manage the interactions between humans and the environment in local Alpine natural areas. This implies established knowledge of the representations and uses of mountain environments, and more specifically, the relationship between humans and mountain territories. It also aims to integrate different levels of scientific knowledge and ecological information and impacts of the presence of humans on animal behaviour.

This programme will focus more particularly on the study of mountain areas that are experiencing significant development in recreational activities and whose urban proximity generates a large number of visitors and practices that need to be examined. The scale, dynamics, and interactions between stakeholders specific to territories will be taken into account.

The mountain resorts located in the Massif des Bauges, Savoie Grand Revard and Aillons-Margériaz located on the outskirts of the Aix-les-Bains and Chambéry urban areas, will be studied not only as ski areas but as territories of diversified practices experiencing ongoing change.

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