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Март 06 2019

Call for applications. “Landscape approach for enhancing mountain resilience”. Pieve Tesino – Ormea (Italy). 2 – 18 July 2019

Dear Mountain Partnership members and friends,

We are pleased to announce the call for applications for the twelfth IPROMO Course - the training programme on sustainable mountain development - jointly organized by the Mountain Partnership Secretariat at FAO, 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 “Landscape approach for enhancing mountain resilience“.

Mountains are transboundary landscapes that require integrated approaches to sustain the ecosystems services they provide. Mainstreaming an integrated landscape approach in mountains allows for more effective sustainable management and better conservation especially in protected areas, corridors and heritage territories, including agrobiodiversity management, sustainable forest management and soil and water conservation. Sustainable management of mountain landscapes is essential for sustaining ecosystem services such as water and food crop diversity, and for enabling climate change adaptation by vulnerable local communities.

Mountains face multiple challenges, such as climate change, mining, deforestation and unsustainable agriculture and over grazing. Improving livelihoods and sustaining ecosystem services requires fostering innovation, knowledge exchange and co-learning across mountain regions, to scale out successful ‘seeds of innovation’. It requires partnerships between institutions, governments and communities, linking science and traditional knowledge, merging research with practice.

An integrated approach in mountains allows for different stakeholders, from different ministries, civil society and local community, including indigenous peoples, to adopt a holistic planning and implementation that involves both bottom up and top down processes as well as traditional knowledge and innovation. Full participation helps ensure that the rights, roles and responsibilities of all individuals and institutions involved are clearly defined and facilitates conflict resolution when needed.

The 2018 IPROMO course will run from 2 -18 July 2019 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 provisional programme is available here; the instructors will include as always a mix of university professors, FAO officers 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 which 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 some total and partial (cover on-site costs lodging and tuition) scholarships are available for participants from developing countries.

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 here.

Applications should be sent by 30 March 2019, and applicants can expect to receive a reply by end of April 2018.

Kindly share this call for applications with interested colleagues