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Our vision of mountain areas

Our mountains are territories with a future and opportunities for Europe

plitwitz-67175_1280We assert that mountains are distinctive areas of Europe, because of their altitude, their slopes, their population density, their challenges and their opportunities, and consequently should be addressed specifically.

We call for public and private investment in these areas. The return on investment might indeed be longer in these areas than in urban areas or lowlands, but the investment itself will undeniably be more sustainable.

We are proud of our strengths

Mountain territories have numerous assets on which they can build their development :

  • mountain-bike-55368_1280The quality of life of mountain populations :
    an intense community life, a privileged living environment, very rich culture, traditions and heritage ;
  • The positive image of mountain areas ;
  • Rare, preserved and renewable resources (air, forest, water)  ;
  • The production of goods and services : tourism, handcrafts, agriculture, industry ;
  • Efficient factors of production : human capital, natural resources capital (space, water, air, timber); business partnerships (clusters…) ;
  • Conditions for sustainable production : respect for the environment, preserved biodiversity, landscape management, innovative management of natural resources ;
  • Modern and often dynamic governance; natural ‘handicaps’ have always been a source of imagination, and territorial innovation is more developed in the mountains than elsewhere; hence these innovations have often inspired those living in other areas.

Weaknesses to overcome

icy-channel-962_1920(1)Mountain people must however confront specific and heavy constraints, that they must turn into opportunities to meet the challenge of sustainable development :

  • Problems of remoteness and accessibility : lack of services, lack of knowledge and skills, sometimes difficult relationships between residents and non-residents; infrastructures that, in some cases, remain to be developed ;
  • Problems related to competition in sustaining both economic activities and the environment ;
  • Sparseness of businesses, size of businesses, and difficulty in passing them on to younger generations;
  • Sparseness of population; difficulty of reaching the critical mass necessary to provide services of general interest ; low attractiveness of seasonal jobs (low and precarious income) ;
  • Constraints on agricultural activity due to soils and climate ; difficult access to land ;
  • Mountain specificities are not sufficiently integrated in regional, national and European policies.
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6 days ago

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Today ERSAF is attending the Forum Origin, Diversity and Territories in Turin, Italy.
The international discussion addresses the interaction between local identity, origin, quality and diversity as an opportunity for territorial development. Tools such as Geographical Indications or Mountain Product Indications are fundamental to promote the values and peculiarities of evolving territories such as mountain areas.Oggi ERSAF è presente a #Torino al #ForumODT, un tavolo internazionale che affronta il tema dell'interazione tra #identità, #origine, #qualità e diversità locali come opportunità per lo sviluppo dei territori. Strumenti come le #IndicazioniGeografiche o l'indicazione #ProdottodiMontagna sono fondamentali per promuovere i valori e le peculiaritá di territori in evoluzione come ad esempio le #areemontane.
Forum ODT Euromontana #montagna
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2 weeks ago

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J-10 avant les XIèmes Assises Européennes de la Montagne !
Préparez-vous #MountainsHeritage
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3 weeks ago

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More on cultural heritage in mountain areas during our upcoming European Mountain Convention! :)

Creative Europe
Creative Europe success stories – Tramontana network

This project aims to preserve Europe's intangible cultural heritage.

Gathering 8 partners in 5 European countries - France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Poland, it documents and shares information on environmental, agricultural, tourist and socio-ethnic heritage in rural and mountain communities. This is essential for sustainable tourism, academic records and the passing-on of knowledge between generations.

Engagement of local communities was a key component throughout the project, This is also a priority of the European year of Cultural Heritage.

More info on the project page: ec.europa.eu/programmes/creative-europe/ce-project-details/#project/8ae094a3-a83b-4470-974d-3f67f...

Learn more about Creative Europe success stories at the projects results platform: ec.europa.eu/programmes/creative-europe/projects/
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Adopted now in #EESCplenary!

Opinion on contribution of rural areas to the 2018 European Year for Cultural Heritage – w/ Rapp. @thomashenryjon1

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Only 10 DAYS LEFT before the XI European Mountain Convention on Cultural Heritage in Romania ! Get ready #MountainsHeritage

On recherche des contributions pour la deuxième édition du Workshop FEAST ! (séminaire sur la station de ski de randonnée) + d'infos ici ;) https://t.co/b8OuCoP1Ep
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The 2nd #EUSALP Annual Forum will take place on 20 and 21 November 2018 in the heart of the #Alps at the Congress #Innsbruck. Registration is open until 18 November 2018. More info here: https://t.co/Z1cKaBH5Nf
#interreg #alpineregion #macroregionalstrategies #EU

Are you ready for #EURegionsWeek? Two weeks left to register! If you can't decide which sessions to pick, check out these tips and our highlights for each day of the event: https://t.co/KIaFqcwRXR

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