Training course on sustainable mountain development in Italy

©FAO/Mountain Partnership3 July 2017, Rome - The sustainable development of the world’s mountains will be under discussion at the 2017 International Programme on Research and Training on Sustainable Management of Mountain Areas (IPROMO) taking place in Ormea and Pieve Tesino, Italy, from 5 to 19 July.

Some 30 professionals from across the world will attend the intensive training course, which will include lectures, teamwork and excursions conducted by instructors from FAO, universities, and regional and international organizations who work on sustainable mountain development.

Over half of the human population depend on mountains for water, biodiversity, forests and clean energy, yet in spite of this clear evidence of their global importance, mountains still do not receive the required attention in international negotiations and national policy making.

“There are still only a few universities in the world that offer courses devoted to the study, understanding and promotion of the development of mountainous areas, which are often a forgotten ecosystem despite their key role for the health of our planet,” said Rosalaura Romeo, programme officer of FAO's Mountain Partnership Secretariat. “The purpose of IPROMO is to develop the capacity of those who attend the course to integrate mountain issues into their work and to share what they have learned with others.”

Participants come from a wide variety of backgrounds, with specialisms in agriculture, economics, forestry, biology, geology and geography.

The 2017 IPROMO summer school marks the tenth anniversary of the programme, which this year focuses on the theme “Environmental and economic issues to enhance mountain sustainability“.

Key challenges and opportunities related to mountains will be discussed during the course – ranging from watershed, natural resources and soils management to disaster risk reduction, climate change, economic development, mountain forestry, governance and communication – to provide an overview of the main issues related to sustainable mountain development. Working groups will also be formed, allowing participants to share their knowledge and build a network of experts.   The tenth IPROMO course is jointly organized and funded by the Mountain Partnership Secretariat/FAO, the University of Turin (Italy) and the University of Tuscia (Italy). IPROMO has the high patronage of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs with financial support from the City of Ormea, FAO and the Consortium for Sustainable Development of the Andean Ecoregion.

last updated:  Monday, July 3, 2017