Professor Martin Price (photo credit Ed Bernbaum)
Professor Price enjoying the mountains of Scotland.(Photo credit Ed Bernbaum)
What are the key issues you are engaged with at the moment? Completing the editing of an undergraduate mountain geography textbook; work on the characteristics of Europe’s mountain areas for the European Commission; work on sustainable tourism for the Alpine Convention. I am also a member of the Board of Cairngorms National Park: it’s good (and sometimes challenging) to be involved in making real decisions.
What could people in the outdoors do to protect and minimize their impact on the type of habitats you focus on? Be aware of the sensitivity of particular species and habitats, and that this varies depending on season and weather, so sometimes it is best not to go to particular places. And avoid scree running!
How and why did you become involved with EOCA? Nick Brown of Nikwax has attended conferences I have organized, and introduced me to EOCA. I am a great believer in partnerships, and also feel that the recreational ‘industry’ should be reinvesting in the places and people that its users visit.