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 The European Alps comprise an incredibly diverse and complex web of interconnected natural and human systems. They are the highest and most extensive inner-European mountains, spanning 8 countries (France, Switzerland,​ Liechtenstein,​ Italy, Germany, Monaco, Austria and Slovenia). With their considerable differences in altitude and climatic conditions, these mountains contain a dramatic variety of landscapes, ecosystems and species. Moreover, despite the relatively small amount of land that is available for settlement or agriculture,​ the Alps are densely populated and preserve an exceptionally rich cultural heritage. Unique traditions of mountain agriculture have emerged here, where grassland farming predominates over cereal, fruit, and vegetable agriculture,​ especially at higher altitudes (Tappeiner et al., 2008). These widespread alpine pastures and hay meadows are rich in species and contribute substantially to the biodiversity of the mountains, surrounding foothills and lowlands (Muheim & Meier, 2017). The European Alps comprise an incredibly diverse and complex web of interconnected natural and human systems. They are the highest and most extensive inner-European mountains, spanning 8 countries (France, Switzerland,​ Liechtenstein,​ Italy, Germany, Monaco, Austria and Slovenia). With their considerable differences in altitude and climatic conditions, these mountains contain a dramatic variety of landscapes, ecosystems and species. Moreover, despite the relatively small amount of land that is available for settlement or agriculture,​ the Alps are densely populated and preserve an exceptionally rich cultural heritage. Unique traditions of mountain agriculture have emerged here, where grassland farming predominates over cereal, fruit, and vegetable agriculture,​ especially at higher altitudes (Tappeiner et al., 2008). These widespread alpine pastures and hay meadows are rich in species and contribute substantially to the biodiversity of the mountains, surrounding foothills and lowlands (Muheim & Meier, 2017).
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