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Smart Villages in mountain areas: how to achieve the transition? [15 / 11 / 2019]

The Smart Villages concept was the main focus of the  seminar “Smart Villages, a smart concept?” dedicated to mountain areas in particular and held in Esino Lario, Italy, last October 25 2019. The event was […]

Coworking spaces in the Swiss mountains: boosting creativity and attractiveness [8 / 11 / 2019]

Lower Engadine, Switzerland, is a peripheral area facing different issues common to other mountain areas such as depopulation, especially youth leaving for cities, loss of jobs and dependency to tourism. To address the challenge of […]

Tell us about your social innovation! [7 / 11 / 2019]

The SIMRA project is gathering examples of social innovations in agriculture, forestry and rural development in marginalised rural areas until the end of December 2019. In particular, we are seeking further examples from non-EU countries […]

The economic impacts of material cultural heritage in mountainous countries [6 / 11 / 2019]

During the European Week of Regions and Cities, on October 10, 2019, a session was organised by DG AEC (Education, Youth, Sport and Culture) and ESPON, to help understand the economic impact of material cultural […]

An agro-silvo-pastoral model for a more sustainable agri-food production in Mediterranean mountains [5 / 11 / 2019]

Life Polyfarming is a regenerative agriculture project that combines forest resources, livestock and crops to recover a fertile soil in Mediterranean mountain areas. The project, co-financed by the European Commission’s LIFE program, is led by […]

The future of pastoralism: a key tool for forest fire prevention [29 / 10 / 2019]

By Isabeau Ottolini, Environmental Social Scientist “With every 0,002€ invested in territorial management, we save 1€ otherwise spent on extinguishing forest fires”. With this phrase Marc Castellnou – head of the Catalan Firefighters – opened […]

The Committee of the Regions encourages more efforts to promote pastoralism and keep vibrant mountains [25 / 10 / 2019]

Euromontana congratulates the Committee of the Regions (CoR) on the unanimous adoption of its report “Pastoralism” by Jacques Blanc on 9 October 2019. Euromontana had contributed to the preparation of this report in spring 2019 […]

Smart Villages: from theory to practice [24 / 10 / 2019]

During the 2019 European Week of Regions and Cities, the session on “Smart Villages: overcoming the divide between urban and rural areas” organised by DG REGIO was an opportunity to discuss what the concept can […]

How to foster development in mountainous depopulated areas? Feedback from the EU Regions Week [23 / 10 / 2019]

Regional development in rural and sparsely populated areas was on the agenda of the 2019 edition of the European Week of Regions and Cities in Brussels organised in October 2019. With the current programming period […]

Call for speakers: represent mountain forestry at the 4th Forest Innovation Workshop [21 / 10 / 2019]

  The Rosewood network is organising the 4th Forest Innovation Workshop “Inform-Prioritize-Collaborate: Cooperation of Regions on Innovation in Forest Management, Use of Wood and Forest-related Services”. Started in 2014 as a joint initiative of relevant […]

The French rural agenda: what place for mountain areas? [21 / 10 / 2019]

In September 2019, the French government announced the first measures of its rural agenda. The government’s reflections were enriched by the report “Rural areas: an ambition to be shared” of the Rural Agenda Mission. This […]

Romania creates Massif Committees! [17 / 10 / 2019]

On June 4, 2019, the Romanian Government published its decision n°332 (Official Journal n°444) establishing a National Mountain Council as well as 9 Massif Committees. After the adoption of the Romanian Mountain Law in 2018, […]

Can regional policy bring Europe closer to citizens of mountain areas? [17 / 10 / 2019]

During the 2019 edition of the European Week of Regions and Cities “Europe Closer to citizens of Islands Mountains and Sparsely Populated Areas” was organised by DG REGIO on 8th October. Marie Clotteau – Director […]

The European Union joins the international act on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications [16 / 10 / 2019]

EU institutions officially approved the accession of the European Union to the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement, a multilateral treaty for the protection of geographical indications managed by the World Intellectual Property Organisation. An […]

A new SIMRA brochure of inspiring examples of social innovation in forestry now available! [10 / 10 / 2019]

A new SIMRA brochure “From science to social innovation: connecting forests and people” aims at showcasing the diversity of social innovations based upon case studies associated with forestry. These results are extracted from the 2019 […]

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