The XI’th European Mountain Convention, 25 – 27 September 2018, Vatra Dornei (Romania): “Cultural heritage as an engine for creativity, innovation and socio-economic development of mountain areas”

The romanian mountain resort of VATRA DORNEI hosted between 25 – 27 September 2018 the XI’th European Mountain Convention, under the European Year of Cultural Heritage, with the title: “Cultural heritage as an engine for creativity, innovation and socio-economic development of mountain areas”.

“A valuable inheritance from the past, a strategic resource for the future!”

It focused on the tangible and intangible cultural heritage in mountain areas and on how this strategic resource, inherited from the past, can be a key asset for developing sustainable and attractive mountain areas in the future.

It enhanced the role of European mountain areas, their communities and their cultural heritage in addressing the challenges of the future, disclosing larger perspectives and creating new opportunities.

Every two years, the European mountain areas association – Euromontana organizes a large event, a convention that brings together representatives of European organizations that share the same point: mountains. The event sparked the interest of over 250 participants from 20 countries with mountains.

The program of the 11th European Mountain Convention included on the first day, on September 25, four study visits: in the area of Vatra Dornei, in the historycal region of Bucovina, in Neamt County and in Maramureş County (the detailed program of the study visits can be accessed here

On September 26 at Vatra Dornei – “Platon Pardau” Cultural House was held a Conference in which subjects were discussed on the theme of cultural and natural heritage in European mountain areas. Also, an exchange of best practice took place during the parallel workshops to demonstrate how cultural heritage can be used in mountain areas for their socio-economic development.

On the same day, a Parade of folk costumes from the mountain areas of Romania was organized by scrolling on the main boulevard of the town of several groups of young people from the counties of Suceava, Bistrita-Nasaud, Harghita, Alba, Hunedoara, Maramures, Valcea and Bihor.
On the third day of the event, September 27, in parallel with the main event, the meeting of the Working Group of the Protocol on Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development of the Carpathian Convention took place, attended by representatives of the signatory parties to the Convention.

The Euromontana Convention materialized with the Vatra Dornei Declaration: “Cultural heritage: an asset rooted in the territory synonymous with attractiveness and the future for our mountains!” – document to be brought to the attention of national and European decision-makers in order to raise awareness regarding the need of a very good conservation and valorization of the mountain cultural heritage and to transform it into an engine for future development. (source: Mountain Area Agency from Romania)

The event was organized by Euromontana – European Association of Mountain Regions together with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development – Mountain Area Agency, Suceava County Council, Municipality of Vatra Dornei, ROMONTANA Association, National Institute of Economic Research  “Costin C. Kirițescu” – Mountain Economy Centre “CE-MONT”, “Dorna” Mountain Farmers Federation, Romanian Mountain Forum, Agrom-Ro, Open Fields Foundation and FOM.

The agenda of the event is available here –  and you can find more information about the event, including the study visits on this page

All the presentations and photos from the event are available here

RoMontana together with all it’s members and partners thanks all that have been involved in organizing this event and especially the participants that came in such a big number from 20 countries.