Category: European stakeholders

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.

More information on the draft agenda will be available soon.

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.

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.