Managing mountain resources and diversities: the role of protected areas – summer school

Managing mountain resources and diversities: the role of protected areas

8-18 July 2016
Ormea, Italy

Applications should be sent by 31 March 2016.
Online registration at

We are pleased to announce the ninth IPROMO Course – the training programme on sustainable mountain development – jointly organized by the Mountain Partnership Secretariat at FAO and the University of Turin, Department of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences – Interdepartmental Research Centre on Natural Risks in Mountain and Hilly Environments, with the high patronage of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The theme this year is “Managing mountain resources and diversities: the role of protected areas“.

About one third of all protected areas are located in upland and mountain areas and are characterized by a diversity of landscapes, land-cover types and land-use systems. Mountains host about 25 percent of terrestrial biodiversity and have cultural, spiritual and recreational values for many different populations around the globe.

Mountain protected areas can contribute significantly to the livelihoods and food security of mountain peoples while conserving universally important environmental services such as clean water and biodiversity resources. In order to ensure that these functions are maintained, the sound and integrated management of mountain protected areas is essential.

The course will run from 8 to 18 July 2016 with 10 days of full immersion learning. It will include lectures, practical work and excursions. The course will be held in Ormea (Northern Italy) and will be in English. The provisional programme is here and the instructors  will include 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 Euros. Please note that scholarships will ONLY cover on-site costs (lodging and tuition) and are available for  participants from developing countries. Travel cost 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 at

and upload their curriculum vitae as a Word or PDF file. 

Applications should be sent by 31 March 2016 and applicants can expect a reply by end of April 2016.

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