Date / Heure
Date(s) - 25-27 Sep 2018
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“Cultural Heritage as an Engine for Creativity, Innovation and Socioeconomic Development of Mountain areas”
Vatra Dornei, Romania | 25 – 26 – 27 September 2018
XI European Mountain Convention
A valuable inheritance from the past, a strategic resource for the future
The XI European Mountain Convention will be organized on 25-27 September 2018 in Vatra Dornei, Romania, by Euromontana in collaboration with the Agency for Mountain Areas (AZM, Romania).
It will focus on the tangible and intangible cultural heritage in mountain areas and on how this strategic resource, inherited from the past, can be a key asset for developing sustainable and attractive mountain areas in the future.
It will enhance the role of European mountain areas, their communities and their cultural heritage in addressing the challenges of the future, disclosing larger perspectives and creating new opportunities.
During this European Mountain Convention, mountain actors, being, researchers, policy-makers, officers of development agencies, farmers, tourism actors, practitioners will:
v Have an overview of strategies to better valorize cultural heritage in mountain areas particularly in the context of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage;
v Explore responses/actions of mountain actors to enhance cultural heritage in mountain areas and benefit from opportunities, and facilitate exchange of ideas between mountain stakeholders so that they can compare, improve and transfer good practices at regional and local levels;
v Develop a cultural heritage strategy for Euromontana with a lobbying strategy and an action plan to implement in the coming years at EU, national, regional and local levels.
You can find the final declaration of the participants here.
The proceedings of the event are available at the end of this page.
Practical information about the venue
The XI European Mountain Convention took place at the Cultural House Platon Pardău in Vatra Dornei, Suceava County, Romania. Located in the northern part of Călimani Mountain, Vatra Dornei is a health resort of national interest, known for its natural mineral water resources and rich evergreen and deciduous forests.
Euromontana General Assembly was held at the Center of Mountain Economy (Centrul de Economie Montană) in Vatra Dornei.
For all practical information regarding how to reach Vatra Dornei, where to sleep, the bus shuttle time schedule, have a look at our practical information guide available here !
Four study visits were organised on Tuesday 25 September 2018 from 08.00 to 18.00
For more information about the study visits, have a look at this document
– “Cultural heritage and rural development in the Romanian Carpathians”, Dumitru Daniel Botănoiu – State Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
– “Towards a better valorisation of cultural heritage in the Carpathians mountain range”, Harald Egerer, Head of the UN Environment Vienna Office, Secretariat of Carpathian Convention
– “Contribution of EU rural areas to the European Year of Cultural Heritage”, Tom Jones, Member of the European Economic and Social Committee
– “Cultural and natural heritage, an opportunity for development. Case studies from
UNESCO designated areas”, Andrea Porta, Researcher, Santagata Foundation (CSS-EBLA
-“How can Social and Community Theatre help to rediscover natural and cultural heritage? TERRACT project”, Alberto Pagliarino, Actor, Social and Community Theatre Centre, COREP
-“How can digital technologies help to engage with cultural heritage and how can they create innovate interactions with cultural audiences? The examples of the RICHES and REACH projects”, Prof Neil Forbes, Researcher, Coventry University
-“MEMOLA Project: How can social innovation and ICT tools be used to promote cultural heritage based on traditional agrosystems”, José Mª Martín Civantos, Researcher, University of Granada
“The Life of an English Mountain Shepherd”, James Rebanks, Shepherd and Author of ‘A Shepherd’s Life: a Tale of the Lake District’
Land Management and cultural landscapes
– Salt production system of Añana in the Basque Country, Andoni Erkiaga, Director of the Fundacion Valle Salado
– Adopt an olive tree with your mobile in Oliete and revitalise agricultural land, Alberto Alfonso Pordomingo, Cofunder of the Association for the recuperation of abandoned Olive Trees of Oliete
Rural and urban areas: strengthening the links
– NIREA: Promoting the reconnection between urban and rural societies, Jone Fernández, Foresight and European Relations Officer, HAZI
–Mosh Pupaza Summer School: A model for sharing the cultural creativity of Northern Romania, Maria and Petrica Codrea
– PlurAlps: Enhancing capacities for a pluralistic Alpine Space, Miriam Weiss, Researcher, EURAC
– MigrACTION: Generations on the move, Anna Bertola, Officer of the Municipality of Vinadio and coordinator of MigrACTION
Authenticity and quality: promoting the value chains
– AlpFoodway: Preservation and valorisation of Alpine food, Cassiano Luminati, Coordinator of the Alpine Space project AlpFoodway, Polo Poschiavo
– Pyréenes Création: restoring the nobility of wool, Nadine Portail, External Relations Manager and Anne Thoby, Textile Designer, Pyrénées Création
Intergenerational dialogue: transmission of cultural heritage for future opportunities
– YOUrALPS: Educating youth for the Alps: (re)connecting Youth and Mountain heritage for an inspiring future in the Alps, Matej Ogrin, President of CIPRA Slovenia, University of Ljubljana
– Baba Residence: Sharing cultural heritage to revalorize depopulated Bulgarian villages, Florence Tornincasa, Communication Officer, Euromontana
Tourism: unlocking synergies between tourism operators and cultural heritage
– Mimisbrunnr climate park in Norway, Dag Inge Bakke, Nature Interpreter, Norwegian Mountain Centre
–SHAPE: Sustainable Heritage Areas: Partnerships for Ecotourism, Ros Bryce, Researcher, University of Highlands and Islands
Press release and pictures & video of the event
The press release of the event is available here
The good practices are available here.
Find all the pictures of the conference and the study visits at the following links:
- The pictures of the conference on Wednesday 26 and Thursday 26 September are available here
- Pictures of the study visit 1 – around Vatra Dornei
- Pictures of the study visit 2 – Bucovina
- Pictures of the study visit 3 – Neamt county
- Picture of the study visit 4 – Maramures country
Take a look at the Final Video here
Take a look at the Romanian national television broadcast about the event here (English subtitles)
Take a look at the Romanian regional broadcast about the event here (Romanian only, starting from the 31st minute)
Proceedings of the entire event
– The proceedings of the study visit 2 “Bucovina” are available here
Euromontana thanks its members and supporters who actively participate in the organisation of this XI European Mountain Convention