Call for applications for IPROMO 2018


The Mountain Partnership Secretariat is pleased to announce the call for applications for the eleventh International Programme on Research and Training on Sustainable Management of Mountain Areas, or “IPROMO”. The annual training programme on sustainable mountain development is jointly organized by the Mountain Partnership Secretariat, the University of Turin, Italy, and the University of Tuscia, Italy, with the high patronage of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The theme this year is “Bioeconomy in mountain areas – an opportunity for local development“.

Bioeconomy is a topic particularly relevant to mountain areas, where the marginality and fragility of systems pushes the communities living there to cope by implementing optimized energy systems, processing fluxes and managing natural resources.

Bioeconomy brings together various sectors of the economy that produce, process and reuse renewable biological resources, such as agriculture, forestry, fisheries and bioenergy production. In order to better accomplish the aims of these sectors, adequate policies are needed to face the current socio-environmental challenges (e.g. growing food demand, climate change) with the new – or renewed – approach of bioeconomy by applying the principles of circular economy, waste recycling and green industrial policies.

In addition to societal and economic aspects, environmental issues such as waste reduction, soil protection and climate change mitigation are a main focus of the bioeconomy discussion. A sustainable bioeconomy cannot be conceived without the proper management of biological resources, respecting the regeneration levels of all natural resources.

The 2018 IPROMO course will run from 18 June to 2 July 2018 with two weeks of full immersion learning. It will include lectures, practical work and excursions. The course will be held in Ormea (northwest Italy) and Pieve Tesino (northeast Italy) and will be in English. The instructors are being identified and will include a mix of university professors, officers from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and colleagues from regional or international organizations dealing with sustainable mountain development.

About 30 professionals will be admitted to the course and preference will be given to participants coming from countries and organizations that are members of the Mountain Partnership. This course is geared towards technical officers, hence applicants from the academic world will not be given priority. Participants from developing countries are encouraged to apply.

The total cost of the course (inclusive of full board, accommodation, taxes, teaching equipment, internal transfers but excluding travel costs) is €3 000. Please note that scholarships will ONLY cover on-site costs (lodging and tuition) and are available for participants from developing countries. Travel costs will not be covered.

Excellent knowledge of English, a university degree preferably in a technical area such as agriculture, forestry, biology, geology or geography, and relevant work experience are prerequisites.

Those who are interested in participating can register online and upload their curriculum vitae as a Word or PDF file at:

Applications should be sent by 23 March 2018, and applicants can expect to receive a reply by end of April 2018.

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