Category: European stakeholders

Save the date for the 13th edition of the European Mountain Convention! Organised by Euromontana, the Government of Catalonia and CREAF, the event will build on the 2050 vision for mountain areas articulated during the previous European Mountain Convention held in Calabria in 2022, and will focus on how to make mountain economies more sustainable, resilient and prosperous.

Mountain economies are based on economic sectors that are the beating heart of mountain areas, provide employment to mountain communities and essential ecosystem services to the society at large, and are often embedded in territorial identities and values. However, these value chains face a number of economic, social and environmental challenges, exacerbated by the geographical constraints of mountain areas. The XIII European Mountain Convention will be an opportunity to explore and identify solutions and pathways to overcome some of these challenges.

The International Conference on Socio-Ecological Systems and Agro-pastoral Resources in the Challenges of Rural Areas is taking place on October 3-4, 2024, at Universitas Mercatorum in Rome, Italy. This conference aims to foster the exchange of research findings, experiences, and local practices related to the conservation, governance, and management of socio-ecological systems (SES), with a special focus on farming and pastoral systems in rural areas, particularly in marginal ones.

Themes and Topics Include:

  • Farming, Pastoral, and Forest Systems: Governance, Management, and Practices
  • Landscape Change and Land Use
  • Business Networks, Co-production, and Innovative Markets: Food, Energy, and Wood
  • Awareness-raising on Farming and Pastoral Systems among Non-farming Communities
  • Young People in Rural Areas
  • Recognizing and Rewarding Farmers for Ecosystem Services
  • Managing Conflicts in Commons
  • Enabling Factors for Revitalization and Ecological Transition in Rural Areas: Policy Issues
  • Social Innovation in Rural Areas: Governance and Practices
  • Living Conditions and Quality of Life in Rural Areas
  • The Role of UNESCO Recognition for Transhumance
  • Best Practices, Case Studies, and Experiences

Contribution proposals should be submitted in English to Participants wishing to submit a contribution will be asked to submit an abstract (minimum 200 words, maximum 500 words). The abstract should briefly state the aim of the research, the main findings and conclusions.

Third World Biodiversity Forum

June 16, 2024

Davos, Switzerland

Un­der the theme “From Sci­ence to Ac­tion”, the third World Bio­di­ver­si­ty Fo­rum (WBF) will bring to­geth­er re­searchers across all disc­iplines of bio­di­ver­si­ty sci­ence with prac­ti­tion­ers and so­ci­etal ac­tors to ex­plore how to move from sci­ence to ac­tions and so­lu­tions to con­serve bio­di­ver­si­ty and forge a path to­wards trans­for­ma­tion for sus­tain­abil­i­ty.

The new legal framework for EU Quality Products: opportunities and challenges for mountain and GI products

April 10, 2024

Committee of the Regions, Room JD51 – Brussels, Belgium

In the framework of the Horizon2020 MOVING project, AREPO, Euromontana and oriGIn EU hosted a conference on April 10th, 2024 (14:00 – 19:30), at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels, Belgium. The event gathered EU Institutions, Regional governments, Producers of mountain and of Geographical Indications (GIs) products, and EU stakeholders from the agri-food sector, to discuss the new EU legal framework for Quality Products.

The focus was placed on the impact of the changes introduced by the new GI and quality terms regulation and the opportunities they open up. Above all, participants discussed the place of EU geographical indications and quality products in the future CAP and the role they play in the sustainable development of our rural and remote areas.

A session was devoted to the implementation of the Optional Quality Term ‘Mountain Product’, the most recent among EU quality schemes. Within MOVING, AREPO together with HCC and Euromontana worked on a survey to report the state of the art of the implementation of the OQT Mountain Product across EU. The main results and the policy recommendations elaborated were presented during the conference, to discuss how to strengthen this OQT and how to increase its added value for the ecological resilience, attractiveness and socio-economic development of mountain areas.

Presentations and recordings:

1. Welcome address

2. Introduction to the MOVING project, Mar Delgado (UCO) | Presentation, Video

3. Making the most of the new EU GI Regulation, Diego Canga Fano (Director in charge of Outreach, Research & Geographical Indications, DG Agri, European Commission) | Video

4. Round table, moderated by Angelo Di Mambro, Agrifood Editor at Euractiv | Video

  • Anne Sander, MEP and shadow rapporteur for the GI revision, Quaestor of the European Parliament
  • Irène Tolleret, MEP and shadow rapporteur for the GI revision, European Parliament
  • Sébastien Breton, member of oriGIn EU and General Delegate of the Conseil National des Appellations d’Origine Laitières (CNAOL)
  • Federico Moncunill, member of oriGIn EU and Secretary General of the Regulatory Council of the PGI Jijona and PGI Turrón de Alicante
  • Alessio Mammi, Regional Minister for Agriculture of Emilia-Romagna
  • Katerina Zografu, Vice-governor of Central Macedonia Region

5. Conclusive remarks

  • Paolo De Castro, MEP and rapporteur for the GI revision, European Parliament | Video
  • Nicola Bertinelli, President of the Consorzio del Formaggio Parmigiano Reggiano | Video

6. Implementation of the EU optional quality term “mountain product”

  • Guillaume Corradino, Director of Euromontana | Presentation, Video
  • Giulia Scaglioni, Policy officer of AREPO | Presentation, Video
  • Celine Keidel, Deputy Head of Unit, Unit F.3 – Geographical Indications, DG AGRI, European Commission | Video

7. National case studies

  • Cătălina Rogozan, Highclere Consulting (Romania) | Presentation, Video
  • Angelo Romagnoli, mountain producer of Parmigiano Reggiano PDO, Caseificio Canevaccia (Bologna – Italy) | Presentation, Video
  • Yves Grandemange, dairy farmer in the Vosges mountains and member of the FNPL (Fédération Nationale des Producteurs de Lait – France) | Video

8. Conclusions, Charles Deparis (President of oriGIn EU and President of the producer organisation of Camembert de Normandie and Pont l’Évêque) | Video

            “Restoring mountain ecosystems” is the theme of this year’s International Mountain Day on 11 December. A few days ahead of this, the MRD Talk #06 aims to contribute to this global effort by bringing together researchers and practitioners to discuss how different types of knowledge can support evidence-informed restoration of mountain landscapes for resilient mountain communities.

            Estefanía Quenta will provide insights into an analysis of mountain restoration activities. Tatenda Lemann will share experiences from the World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies network. MRD author Devin Holterman will present his group’s findings on social science research priorities for a conservation initiative in North America, and Rob Marchant will underline the key role of evidence-informed policies based on collaborative research efforts in African mountains. These inputs will be followed by a discussion among all participants on how knowledge can be effectively leveraged to support the conservation and restoration of mountain ecosystems for the benefit of mountain communities.

            Join the CLIMAAX InfoDay: “Empowering Regions for Climate Resilience” serving as a pre-launch of the open call aimed to enhance regional climate and emergency risk management plans.

            Attendees will receive a comprehensive overview of our project, including Climate Risk Assessments, the CLIMAAX Toolbox, Pilot Regions, and the Open Call including the opportunities it offers.

            Don’t miss out on the chance to participate in this informative event, register now to secure your spot!

            Euromontana Conference: Skills for Mountains in Transitions

            November 21, 2023

            Brussels, Belgium

            From demographic decline to climate change and the shift of social behaviour and economic sectors, mountain areas are facing multiple transitions affecting their economies and labour markets. The conference “Skills for Mountains in Transitions” will explore the difficulties and opportunities in specific economic sectors, as well as solutions for attracting talents to mountain areas.

            During the conference, Euromontana will give the floor to representatives of the European Commission, regional policy makers, researchers and practitioners who will discuss policy and practical solutions for attracting the talents needed in mountain areas in transitions.

            Forum Origin, Diversity, and Territories 2023

            November 21, 2023

            Crete, Greece

            The Forum 2023, in Crete, will be able to draw inspiration from Mediterranean island spaces to reflect on new modes of operation and interconnections, on the forms and functions of knowledge and resource networks that support the transitions of rural communities. For that, participants will examine the rural dynamics of resilience by mobilising the mountain as a revealing environment of these dynamics.

            The concern of this Forum 2023 will be to put the notion of territory to the test of the notion of a network in the perspective of responses to the challenges of resilience to crises, be they sanitary, geostrategic, or climatic. Furthermore, transition alternatives based on a renewed approach to knowledge mobilisation networks will be explored, emphasising a new function: that of conducting the numerous learning processes to be carried out.

            Agroecology Europe Forum 2023

            November 16, 2023


            The Agroecology Europe Forum is a 3-day in-person event gathering people from all over Europe and beyond to meet in dialogue and discuss some of the most pressing issues and present solutions for today’s food systems. 

            By bringing together a variety of stakeholders from various movements and territories, the organisers aim to create synergies that set an exemplary model for facilitating the transition to agroecology in Europe, while acknowledging the global reach of the movement. Local solutions supported by favorable policies, tailored to the diverse climatic, socio-economic and cultural realities of the European continent can bring about a more climate-resilient, biodiverse Europe, with environmental and social justice at its heart. 

            EUROPARC Conference 2023

            October 3, 2023

            The Netherlands

            The EUROPARC Conference is the event of the year for Protected Area and Natura 2000 professionals. By bringing together experts in the field, the conference wants to support Protected Areas in creating a better, greener, sustainable and climate-proof Europe.

            During the event, delegates from all over Europe will focus on the theme ‘Tribute to our landscape, where nature and people meet in harmony’.

            Systematic observation of the social-ecological dimensions of mountain areas can help us understand the social, environmental, economic, and cultural dynamics and trends affecting mountain communities and ecosystems. The aim of MRD Talk #05 is to bring together researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to learn from successful monitoring initiatives. We will jointly explore how best to set up monitoring systems and share the information obtained in order to enable effective policies and action for sustainable futures in mountains.

            The first author of an article recently published in MRD will present her group’s review of social-ecological monitoring activities in the Andes, along with the resulting priorities for future research needed to effectively inform policy and practice. Two panelists will share their experience with specific monitoring systems: one system is concerned with forest fire detection and management in Nepal and the other with sustainable tourism development in South Tyrol, Italy. The fourth panelist will show how a global initiative aims to enhance the accessibility and usability of data and information to support sustainable mountain development. The audience will have the opportunity to discuss with the panel their recommendations for effective monitoring systems and observatories.

            Summer Field School on Mountain Ecosystems & Resource Management 2023

            September 10, 2023

            Igman Mountain, Bosnia and Herzegovina

            The Grassroots Institute is co-organizing the hyrbid Summer Field School on Mountain Ecosystems & Resource Management at Igman Mountain in Bosnia and Herzegovina on 10-19 September 2023. This international training programme examines mountain ecosystems in the contexts of sustainable development and natural resource management. The course aims to equip researchers, students, practitioners and young teachers with the necessary approaches, knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of sustainable mountain development globally.

            Every three years the EAAE organises a congress with a general theme in the broad field of agricultural economics. This year, the congress is focused in “Agri-food systems in a changing world: Connecting science and society”.

            Agri-food systems have an important role to play in a changing world. The consequences of climate change are increasingly tangible and our planetary boundaries are increasingly at risk of being crossed. As scientists, we need to create and share insights on how to transform agri-food systems into sustainable and resilient systems that increase prosperity in Europe and across the globe. Connecting science and society implies that agricultural economists push the boundaries of science and research to create societal impact.

            Caucasus Mountain Forum

            July 4, 2023

            Kutaisi, Georgia

            The third Caucasus Mountain Forum (CMF) under the theme “Transdisciplinarity for sustainable tourism development: Role of Caucasus scientists” will be devoted to tourism development perspectives and challenges in the region. The event  will offer a combination of plenary sessions open to the public, research sessions, workshops, and poster sessions. 

            The past months and years have led us to questioning the nature of what we consider normal and what we consider a crisis. The COVID crisis, the war and its consequences, the climate crisis, they are all changing the way we think about the world and act in it. How do these rapid changes affect rural areas, and the ways rural areas are imagined? Is the rural newly in crisis or should it be considered as having long – or perhaps always – been in crisis, in sometimes under-illuminated ways? Or can we still think of the rural as a place of stability? Which crises pervade the rural and where and when did these crises originate? With regard to the currently most pressing crises, which of the things that were taken for granted about the rural are now being questioned? And, conversely, which new challenges and new paths and futures for the rural have been opened?

            International Conference on Alpine Meteorology

            June 19, 2023

            St. Gallen, Switzerland

            The 36th International Conference on Alpine Meteorology (ICAM) will be held on 19-23 June 2023 in St. Gallen, Switzerland. The plenary sessions will be held as a hybrid event in St. Gallenon 19-23 June 2023. The fully on-line poster sessions will take place on Tuesday, 27 June 2023.

            Papers are invited on all aspects of mountain weather and climate, including but not limited to:

            • Dynamics of dry and moist orographically forced airflow
            • Boundary layer processes over complex terrain
            • Orographic clouds and precipitation
            • Mountain climates and impacts of global warming
            • Meteorological processes affecting air quality, water resources, renewable energy harvesting, ecosystems, urban environment, and infrastructures
            • Numerical weather prediction over complex terrain (incl. data assimilation and predictability studies)
            • Challenges in weather forecasting in mountainous areas
            • Recent and future field campaigns

            19th International Landscape Ecological Symposium

            May 17, 2023

            Trenčianske Teplice spa town, Slovakia

            The international symposium is focused on the process of globalisation and its impact on landscape development, its components and processes, and also the socio-economic consequences which affect the environment and the social and cultural life of human society. The aim of the symposium is for the latest knowledge in the subject area to be presented and transferred between domestic and foreign educational and scientific research institutions. The symposium focuses on the selected thematic areas in connection with the process of globalisation.​

            Swedish rural week

            May 2, 2023


            Rural issues deserve a clear place in the spotlight and we hope that those of you who are committed to the sustainable development of rural areas will want to join in and organize events during the Swedish Rural Week.

            Mountain climates and related Earth System components are changing rapidly, with major consequences for ecosystems and people. All efforts to mitigate and adapt to the adverse consequences of these changes – and conversely to exploit the opportunities that they will bring – must be underpinned by timely, accurate, and informative Earth Observations that reflect the mountain context (e.g. steep and complex terrain).

            In 2021, a set of climate and environmental variables (the so-called Essential Mountain Climate Variables; EMCVs) were first proposed that, if the corresponding datasets could be obtained in a consistent manner across the world’s mountains, should lead to substantial advancements in the monitoring, understanding, and prediction of climate change and its impacts in and near mountains (Thornton et al., 2021). However, much further coordination and consultation work remains to be undertaken if such a framework is to be deemed suitable and useful, and eventually taken up, by the global community of mountain researchers, practitioners, and policymakers.

            This workshop, coordinated by the MRI and iLEAPS during EGU23 as a contribution to GEO Mountains, therefore represents a second interdisciplinary workshop on the subject. The event aims to (i) ensure that disciplinary and geographical representation in the consultation processes to date is enhanced, (ii) identify and further specify an initial list of EMCV, iii) identify specific observation requirements for these variables, and (iii) evaluate the extent to which existing datasets (including those provided by the ESA and other space agencies) meet these articulated needs. Given the limited time available, it is intended that the workshop will act as a “launch” of a subsequent online consultation / collaboration process that will seek to make further progress.

            4th EU MRS Week

            April 24, 2023

            Brussels, Belgium

            The EU Macro-Regional Strategies Week (EU MRS Week) is the biggest annual event dedicated to the four EU macro-regional strategies (EUSBSR, EUSDR, EUSAIR, EUSALP). Since its launch in 2020, it has become an important communication and networking platform, enhancing coordination among participating MRS countries, interactions between MRS and representatives of EU institutions and promoting horizontal issues such as the embedding process, policy learning and the exchange of good practice.

            The 4th EU Macro-Regional Strategies Week (EU MRS Week) will take place in hybrid format from 24-28 April 2023 at the Event Lounge in Brussels. Following the slogan transform to thrive, the event will focus on three themes: Energy, Skills and Funding.

            The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI) and the Support Facility for Innovation & Knowledge exchange | EIP-AGRI are organising the EU CAP Network Workshop ‘Young entrepreneurs – Engines of innovation in rural areas’. It will take place in Dublin, Ireland, on Wednesday 30 November and Thursday 1 December 2022.

            The Chamber of Agriculture and Forestry of Slovenia (CAFS), the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food of Slovenia (MAFF) organise on 28 and 29 November a conference on agriculture in areas facing natural constraints. The event is organised in collaboration with the EIP-AGRI.

            The conference will address different topics related to mountain agriculture, such as grassland preservation, wild animal predation, the new Common Agricultural Policy 2023-2027 or the impact of natural constraints of mountains in the use of funds from public tenders.

            Euromontana and CIA – Agricoltori italiani are co-organising the XII European Mountain Convention in Sila National Natural Park, Italy, on 25-26-27 October 2022.

            The XII European Mountain Convention aims to define a sustainable strategy for the development of smart mountains towards 2050.

            The Convention goals are to present the economic, social or environmental challenges faced by European mountains and provide innovative solutions to these. It will thus showcase smart initiatives for key sectors in mountain areas, such as tourism and agriculture, and will provide the basis for more integrated and effective public policies, contributing to the sustainable development of mountain areas and the quality of life of mountain communities.

            2nd Global Mountain Sustainability Forum

            October 3, 2022


            Homo Montanus: Sustainable human-mountain relations in a changing world.

            The second edition of the Global Mountain Sustainability (GMS) Forum aims at exploring sustainable and resilient human-mountain relations in light of current societal and environmental challenges humanity is faced with. In doing so, the conference strives to provide a platform for multi- and interdisciplinary discussion while shedding light on the lessons to be learned from mountains and mountain communities in relation to the sustainable reorganisation of modern societies. A special focus will be placed on the dynamics between highlands and lowlands.

            All scientists, researchers and students are invited to submit their application to present their research. Interdisciplinary topics are particularly welcome! Abstracts should be assigned to one of the four thematic sessions:
            – Managing environmental challenges in mountain areas
            – Resilient communities & community resilience
            – Mountain leadership
            – Changing values and mountain narratives

            Call for Abstracts: Sunday, 29 May 2022
            Registration: 30 June 2022
            More Information:

            The European Union – via the Cohesion Policy – introduced dedicated measures to pay a “particular attention to mountainous regions” (Article 174 TFEU). These measures can be used to finance many initiatives that improve the quality of life of mountain citizens. However, as stated by the 8th Cohesion Report, the “cohesion in the European Union has improved, but gaps remain” especially in rural regions. Potential beneficiaries of these funds in mountain areas are too often unaware of the opportunities offered by the Cohesion Policy and face a number of barriers limiting the uptake of these funds in their regions. What are the barriers hindering the uptake of the Cohesion funds in mountain regions? How can Managing Authorities and other relevant actors better inform mountain actors on the opportunities of the 2021-2027 Cohesion Policy in their region? What kind of support is needed to help mountain stakeholders make the most of these funds?

            Montana174 is a one-year communication campaign to inform and engage mountain citizens on the Cohesion Policy in five European mountain regions. Capitalizing on its findings and activities, Montana174’s final conference will be an opportunity to share lessons learnt on the needs and challenges facing mountain stakeholders as well as to discuss upon different practices to foster the uptake of the Cohesion Policy funds in mountain areas over the 2021-2027 period.

            You can consult the event agenda here and register here.

            The event will have simultaneous interpretation in English and French.

            Andorra Taste: First International High-Mountain Gastronomy Event

            September 14, 2022

            Prat del Roure, Escaldes-Engordany (Andorra) and online

            For the first time in Andorra, the best chefs from around the world come together in a unique and exclusive event. A meeting to enjoy, debate and build on the authenticity of the high-mountain territories. A high-level event to taste the best gastronomy.

            Free registration online attendance, here.

            International Mountain Conference 2022

            September 11, 2022

            Innsbruck, Austria

            The conference actively supports mountain research, as well as the exchange among disciplines to gather and shape all available puzzle pieces.

            The Interreg Youth Volunteering programme, in collaboration with Interreg POCTEFA, will organise the webinar “The future of mountain areas: challenges and opportunities“. It will take place on Thursday, 28th July 2022 from 4.00 – 5:30 PM CEST. The main part of the webinar will consist of a question and answer session.

            Do you know what Cohesion Policy means, and are you interested in learning how to use your voice to participate in regional decision-making?

            Celebrating the International Year of Sustainable Mountain Development, the event will bring together regional authorities from Europe’s main mountain areas (e.g. Pyrenees, Alps, Scandinavian Mountains, Carpathians) to allow participants to raise their questions on how climate change is tackled through cross-border cooperation.

            Brain drain of young people and ageing population are two critical problems in rural and mountainous areas. As evidenced by a 2022 study done by Euromontana66% of mountain youth would like to remain in mountains but name the lack of employment opportunities and dynamism as the main reasons for them to consider leaving. As result, the average age of mountain populations is higher than in other territories, with 4 out of the 6 top ageing regions in Europe being mountainous regions. 2022 was declared European Year of Youth by the European Commission, and International Year of the Sustainable Mountain Development by the United Nations. This conjunction of international pledges raises the question of how European policies, and in particular the 2021-2027 Cohesion Policy and the Next Generation EU, address the needs of youth in marginal areas, such as mountains. Are these policies ambitious enough to live up to the challenges faced by mountain areas and offer mountain youth the same opportunities as in other regions of Europe?

            Event hosted by Hannes HeideMember of the European Parliament, and organised by Euromontana in cooperation with the Integroup RUMRA & Smart Villages. This event is held in the framework of the DG-REGIO funded Montana174 project – How does the Cohesion Policy shape mountains?

            You can consult the event draft agenda and register filling in this form.

            Registration are open until 10th June.

            Within the Framework of the International Year of Sustainable Mountain Development 2022, we are pleased to announce that the Tatra Museum in Zakopane, Poland, in association with the Mountain Partnership and the International Mountain Museums Alliance, are organizing the international conference “Mountain Panorama – International Cultural Heritage Conference”, to be held in Zakopane on 10-12 June 2022.

            Mountains hold significant cultural value for the heritage of local communities. The aim of this conference is to discuss the revaluation and conservation of this immense tangible and intangible heritage, to provide a true panorama of mountain areas.

            The conference will be curated by Aldo Audisio, International Projects Expert; Rosalaura Romeo, Mountain Partnership Secretariat ; and Anna Wende-Surmiak, Director, Tatra Museum.

            Calls for papers: deadline submission 31 March 2022.

            The Pyrenees Climate Change Observatory (OPCC) of the Working Community of the Pyrenees (CTP) and its current Presidency, the Autonomous Community of Euskadi, organise the 4rd International Colloquium on Climate Change in Mountain Areas, which will take place on 19 and 20 May 2022 at the Bilbao Palace (Euskalduna).

            The aim of this colloquium is to present and transfer the results of the OPCC ADAPYR project and the Axis 2 projects of the INTERREG POCTEFA 14-20 programme ACCLIMAFOR, FLORAPYR Avance and ADNPir. Among the main results, the following will be presented: the EPiCC, the first climate strategy of the Pyrenees; the sectoral guidelines for adaptation; the latest developments in observation and climate through the Pyrenees climate bulletin; advances in citizen science and environmental education. In addition, there will be a session dedicated to the valorisation of good adaptation practices in the Pyrenees and a more institutional block.

            Registration form.

            The conclusions of the Colloquium will be published on the OPCC website and will include the report on the results of the OPCC ADAPYR project and a synthesis document on the conference papers.

            The 7th International Congress of Mountain and Steep Slopes Viticulture will be, in May 2022, the most important opportunity to disseminate and update scientific and technical innovations of viticulture and oenology from Mountain regions.

            The Congress is organised by the CERVIM – Center for Research, Environmental Sustainability and Advancement of Mountain Viticulture, on the patronage of the OIV – International Organisation of Vine and Wine, the Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD), the Associação para o Desenvolvimento da Viticultura Duriense (ADVID) and Faculdade Ciências da UP.

            The event will be held at the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, in Vila Real, Portugal.

            Between February and May 2022, the University Centre of Excellence “Mountain University” (UNIMONT) organises a “Youth4Mountains” webinar series that will allow present and future young entrepreneurs from all over the world to get inspiration by sharing their ideas and experience.

            Can innovation be promoted in remote areas?

            Mountain areas can achieve centrality and attract young entrepreneurs thanks to collaboration between research, industry and policymaking.

            On 6 and 8 April 2022, the LIFE ShepForBio project (Shepherds for Biodiversity in Mountain Marginal Areas) will held an event to present the project to the local communities and interested stakeholders.  

            The main objective of the project is to improve the conservation status of conservation status of mountain grassland habitats, through the development of pastoral activities that guarantee a sustainable and lasting management in the mountainous areas between Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna (Italy).

            On 8 April, from 09:30, Euromontana will also present the activities to ensure the European scope of the project, such as the launch of the Discussion Forum for pastoral schools across Europe.

            The event will take place in Italy and online. You can check the programme and join us online to learn more on ShepForBio via this Zoom link. The event will be in Italian.

            Between February and May 2022, the University Centre of Excellence “Mountain University” (UNIMONT) organises a “Youth4Mountains” webinar series that will allow present and future young entrepreneurs from all over the world to get inspiration by sharing their ideas and experience.

            Sustainable tourism aims to combine recreational activities with ecological and social requirements.

            In order to address this challenge, the diversification of existing businesses can increase the competitiveness of mountain areas while allowing the enhancement and preservation of local resources.

            The MOVING‘s partner, Cătălina Rogozan from Highclere Consulting, will present the value chain on Certified ecotourism Southern Romanian Carpathian Mountains (Romania).

            11th World Congress of Snow and Mountain Tourism

            March 23, 2022

            Canillo, Andorra

            The impact of COVID-19 has been undeniable and visible in all areas of society, but tourism is one of the sectors that has suffered the most. We now have to face the challenge of adapting the tourism offer to this new scenario that the pandemic has left us. The tourism of the future, in addition to being more technological and innovative, will have to be safer, more sustainable and more inclusive.

            In order to reactivate this new generation of tourism, it is necessary to promote aspects such as artificial intelligence, digital transformation and sustainability, among others. We will talk about this reactivation and how to turn the current scenario
            into an opportunity at the eleventh edition of the World Congress on Snow and Mountain Tourism, which will take place on 23, 24 and 25 March 2022 in Canillo, Andorra.

            Mountain tourism, for which Andorra has always been a reference country, will also be renewed by all these changes and sustainability will be increasingly valued by tourists when choosing a destination. Andorra is fully committed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, with innovation, new technologies and new models that will allow us to build a new way of understanding and experiencing tourism.

            If you are a professional in the sector or have an interest in tourism, we invite you to attend the World Congress on Snow and Mountain Tourism on 23, 24 and 25 March 2022 in Andorra. In a unique natural setting, leading international professionals from the sector will explain their experiences in snow and mountain tourism and how to face the future.

            Between February and May 2022, the University Centre of Excellence “Mountain University” (UNIMONT) organises a “Youth4Mountains” webinar series that will allow present and future young entrepreneurs from all over the world to get inspiration by sharing their ideas and experience.

            How to identify future challenges and opportunities for small and medium-sized mountain businesses?

            The workshop will share existing best practices carried out by youth in mountains, underlining the importance of agriculture in biodiversity conservation, in order to enhance the rich patrimony of knowledge and traditions while granting a sustainable development in mountain areas.

            The MOVING‘s partner, Carmen Maestre from University of Cordoba, will present the value chain of the Iberian Ham (PDO) Los Pedroches (Sierra Morena, Spain).

            Click here to register.

            The Alpine Convention organises on 1 February 2021 a workshop on Value chains in mountain forests & mountain agriculture: opportunities for sustainable economy & development.

            Speakers from the Alpine countries will focus on initiatives, good practices and projects in the field of value chains in organic mountain agriculture and the forestry sector. There will also be a discussion on the role of value chains in sustainable economies and development in mountain areas.

            See the full programme. Deadline for registration 31 January 2022:

            Cultural heritage in mountain regions

            November 9, 2021


            On 9 November 2021 from 10:30 to 12:00 CET, the Policy Learning Platform is hosting an interactive webinar on cultural heritage in mountain regions

            The webinar will put forward EU initiatives that both local and regional authorities can take up to boost sustainable development in mountain areas through valorisation of cultural heritage.

            Members of CREAF and UNIMONT co-organise a series of seminars dedicated to climate change and biodiversity in mountain areas.

            On the 26th, the seminar will focus on the effects of climate change on mountain ecosystem. The next day, discussions will discuss field activities focusing on the effects of climate change on plant and animal biodiversity in the Alpine environment. On the last day, 28th of October, Bernat Claramunt will focus on ecological networks for the management of biodiversity in mountain areas.

            Being young in a mountain area in 2021

            October 12, 2021


            During this conference, Euromontana will present the results of this large survey that collected more than 1100 answers all over Europe. Expectations and wishes of young people will be analysed such as the answers provided by policy-makers to try to answer to these needs. Finally, the conference will give the floor to some young people to directly share with the audience some positive experience of innovations led by young people.

            Mobility plays an important role in the attractiveness of a region. In many rural and mountain areas, there is a persisting traditional car dependency, and the absence of adequate collective transport solutions imposes social and territorial exclusion of some segments of rural inhabitants. No matter how much effort is spent on education, promotion of tourism, development of new economic initiatives, etc.: accessibility remains a key to success for development initiatives and the lack of good accessibility affects any development strategy implemented in rural territories.

            During this conference, Euromontana will give the floor to practitioners and representatives of the European Commission. Speakers will explore how the combination of different solutions can help to concretely improve mobility in the daily life of mountain inhabitants while investigating greener and more sustainable solutions.

            City and mountain cooperation for carbon neutrality

            October 7, 2021

            Grenoble, France

            The organisation of the conference “City-mountain cooperation: together towards carbon neutrality” will allow an opening up to the scale of the European Alps and the discussion of different experiences and approaches to this issue.

            This new stage of the “Mountain Metropolis”, in its Euro-alpine dimension, will be organised around a stimulating and attractive day of exchange between political and technical actors, institutions and associations.

            Challenging Upland Futures

            October 5, 2021

            Perth, Scotland

            ‘Challenging Upland Futures’ will be a public forum with the aim, agreed by a range of diverse stakeholders, to integrate knowledge and understanding on the uplands of Scotland, and to agree priority actions to help ensure that our uplands deliver the widest possible range of benefits.

            The event will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Centre for Mountain Studies at Perth College UHI, which has convened many previous events. It comes at a time when finding constructive ways forward in Scotland’s uplands is more urgent than ever, in a range of overlapping contexts.

            The MOVING partner, The James Hutton Institute, will present the ongoing work of the project, focusing on the Scottish value chain and mountain reference region (Malt Whisky from the upper Speyside).

            MONTCLIMA Natural and climate risks in mountain areas

            September 30, 2021

            Barcelona and Online

            This event aims to present strategies for managing and preventing drought impacts in forests in the SUDOE mountains.

            This thematic seminar pursues to share knowledge and experiences concerning good practices on drought management and prevention strategies in SUDOE forests, with the objective to contribute to forest drought management and prevention
            The progresses of the MONTCLIMA project will be presented, specifically the pilot case studies, in order to improve governance and natural risks management through transnational cooperation and the development of a risk management and prevention common strategy.

            On September 23 & 24, 2021, gathered around the challenges of tourism transition, all the players in the mountain ecosystem will use their collective knowledge to build together future solutions for their territories.

            Youth4Mountains Series

            September 15, 2021


            Towards Expo 2020 Dubai: mountains at the heart of a dialogue between UNIMONT and young people.

            In light of the event “Connecting Youth and Mountains, Creating a Lively Future” which will be held on 8 October at Expo 2020 Dubai, during the week dedicated to “Climate and Biodiversity”, UNIMONT – University of Milan, together with the FAO – Mountain Partnership, Euromontana, Alparc and EUSALP Youth Council, are launching the “Youth4Mountains Series”: a consultation in which young people aged between 16 and 29 years old living in mountain areas or passionate about sustainability will be at the centre of a collection of ideas and opinions for the sustainable development of mountain territories.

            A series of webinars will be offered in September and October 2021, with six workshops on digital opportunities for municipalities.

            New technologies are an opportunity and can be a driving force for a better quality of life, new forms of work and therefore for competitiveness. The six thematic online workshops will allow participants to discover good practices, to exchange with experts and practitioners, and to identify new solutions for your community.

            Dates :

            10.09.2021, 09:30-12:00: Launch of the webinar cycle and General Assembly

            15.09.2021, 10:00-11:30: Digital transition and local added value

            24.09.2021, 10:00-11:30: Digital transition and work

            28.09.2021, 16:00-17:30: Digital Transition and Tourism

            01.10.2021, 10:00-11:30: Digital transition and mobility

            04.10.2021, 16:00-17:30: Digital Transition and Quality of Life

            The 60th Congress of ERSA (European Regional Science Associations) will be organised as a hybrid event, with possibility of attending the event live in Bolzano, Italy, or online. The conference aims at providing an updated overview of the main territorial developments and their current/potential implications on the domains of Regional Science in Europe. At the same time, it will deal with possible and potentially resilient strategies and/or solutions for the future.

            MOVING partner, Gusztav Nemes from Rural Bt and Centre for Economic and Regional Studies in Hungary, is co-organising a special session on “The impact of COVID-19 on alternative and local food systems (ALFS) and the potential for sustainability transitions – case studies and theoretical considerations”.
            Interested participants can apply for the call for presentations.


            Climate Change and Mountain Risks in the European Alps

            August 23, 2021

            Saas-Fee, Switzerland

            The Saas-Fee meetings are annual events that focus on topics dealing with Climate Change Impacts and Risks in the Anthropocene, and are organized by the C-CIA research team at the Institute for Environmental Sciences of the University of Geneva, Switzerland.

            The 2021 workshop will be dedicated to the impacts of climate change on natural hazards.

            FORUM CARPATICUM 2021

            June 21, 2021

            Brno, Czechia

            The Forum Carpaticum is an open meeting of the Science for the Carpathians (S4C) initiative. S4C – Science for the Carpathians – connects scientists in Central Europe, defines research priorities for the region, provides applicable findings for the politics of the region and enhances international collaboration with partners from outside the Carpathians.

            The 6th Forum addresses the overarching theme of ‘Linking the Environmental, Political and Societal Aspects for Carpathian Sustainability’.

            This webinar, organised by Euromontana, will reflect and answer to some important questions: what are the current and future opportunities to foster climate adaptation for SMEs and businesses in mountains? What are some inspiring examples?

            Three innovative practices from the tourism, agricultural and forestry sectors as well as speeches from European institution and organisations will showcase existing opportunities to boost the adaptive capacity of mountain SMEs and unleash new business opportunities.

            GEO Mountains May Meeting 2021

            May 20, 2021


            The GEO Mountains May meeting will provide updates from GEO Mountains and invite discussion regarding the formation of Task Groups.

            Smart mountains of tomorrow

            May 10, 2021

            Les Orres, France

            The event will focus on digital and environmental technologies for the reduction of energy consumption and GHG emissions, local energy production, infrastructure management and low-carbon mobility. A session will also be dedicated to smart solutions for the attractiveness and tourism transition of mountain territories.

            The event is organised jointly by Smart Altitude, EUSALP and Ocova. And it will be a hybrid event with possibility to attend it physically at Les Orres in France or participate online via the videoconference.

            The Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) and GlobeScan are organising this event to mark the launch of the European Green Deal Barometer report, a flagship Think2030 initiative that identifies the challenges to the Green Deal’s implementation and provides policy recommendations for addressing them.