Category: European stakeholders

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’.

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.

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. 


June 28, 2023


The 3rd edition of the SMART VILLAGE Forum will open its doors between June 28 and July 3, 2023 in Romania through a participatory event that will reflect the role of the authorities and the business environment in consolidating the long-term vision on rural communities.

The Forum aims to contribute to increasing the visibility of rural areas by involving high-level political guests from European institutions, mayors and deputy mayors of municipalities, presidents of county councils, councilors, directors, experts and representatives of the business sector.

Participants will debate with specialists in European funds, public authorities and experts from the smart technology industry on topics such as rural development, green and digital transition, precision agriculture, energy, smart transport, public works, rural health, tourism etc. For 4 days, the Romanian coast will host the most important event for the transformation of smart villages.

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.

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
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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.