IPROMO 2009 course on “Developing economic opportunities for mountain areas”

17 July to 1 August 2009

Dear Mountain Partnership members and friends,

Following the success of last yearo’ IPROMO summer course, we are happy to announce the second training course on sustainable mountain development for Mountain Partnership members. The programme, called IPROMO — International Programme for Education and Training on Sustainable Management of Mountain Areas — will feature this year a summer course devoted to developing economic opportunities for mountain areas.

During its first week, the course will provide an overview of traditional and innovative tools for the sustainability of mountain economy. Three separate topics will be the object of the second week: a) mountain eco-tourism b) mountain agriculture; c) mountain forestry. Please see the attached programme for detailed information.

The course will run from 17 July to 1 August 2009. It will be held in research institutes in Monte Rosa and in the University campus in Grugliasco (Piedmont region of Italy). Field activities will be held in the Alta Valsesia Natural Park, Monte Avic Natural Park, Montmars Natural Reserve.

The IPROMO Programme has been jointly organized by the Mountain Partnership Secretariat at FAO, the UNESCO decade on Education for Sustainable Development and the University of Turin, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Protection of Agroforestry Resources; it benefits from the patronage of the Italian Foreign Affairs Ministry.
Main funding sources include the Piedmont Region, the Alta Valsesia Natural Park, the Vercelli Province, the Alagna town council, and CAI Varallo Sesia.

The course – which will be held in English – will be open to a maximum of 30 professionals mainly from developing countries as well as from EU countries with a University degree and working in mountain development at both public and private levels. The organizers will make available a limited number of fellowships which will cover all costs for participants coming from developing countries and countries in transition.

Please note that the three course topics of week two will take place at the same time and therefore candidates need to specify their interest in the application message.

Who is interested in participating should send a detailed CV along with the attached registration form by March 30 to rosalaura.romeo@fao.org –  ermanno.zanini@unito.it and silvia.stanchi@unito.it     specifying if financial support would be required.

Thank you,

Mountain Partnership Secretariat



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