Meeting on alpine agriculture - AG2 & AG6

Meeting topic: 

Mountain agriculture and pastoralism create local jobs that cannot be relocated and contribute to local and regional sustainable development thanks to high quality products, processed and/or consumed in the vicinity, especially in neighbouring urban areas through short circuits. Furthermore, they are economic activities that can preserve biodiversity, mitigate climate change and prevent natural risks.

Agriculture and pastoralism in particular form a dynamic cultural heritage which is an asset for the Alpine mountains. The development of territorial food approaches aimed at local consumption of products in short circuits is also essential.


EUSALP supports the procedures for the inscription of pastoralism and the Alpine culinary heritage on the UNESCO intangible heritage list in order to promote pastoralism and Alpine food heritage in the Alpine region with the following dimensions: living, producing and processing in mountain pastures.


This transnational meeting aims to:

- to share initiatives that can be transposed to these common problems at the scale of the Alpine arc,

- to work on joint events to promote Alpine agricultural products on the same scale,

- to initiate discussions on potential new projects financed by European funds.


The meeting will take place as a side-event of the International Fair of agriculture in Paris on Tuesday, March,1st from 10 am to 1 pm (hybrid format).


Paris, Agriculture International Fair (Hybrid meeting, March, 1st)

Paris Porte de Versailles (metro: line 12) ROOM 733 - 734

10.00 AM:

 Welcome addresses: Massimo Lapolla and Sylvain Guétaz, AG2 coleaders

                                     Wolfger Mayrhofer and Alice Beck, AG6 coleaders

10.05 AM /11.15 AM:

- Complementarity of regional and sub-regional brands: challenges and opportunities

Sylvie Marino, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Gourmand (10 minutes)

Mathieu Grossin, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region (10 minutes)

- The example of pastoralism/cheeses:

Sebastien Breton, AFTALP (10 minutes)

Alain Mathieu, Filière Comté (10 minutes)

Valentin Noebes, CA 05 (10 minutes)

- Exchange of good practices with Alpine partners;

"Food Agenda of Metropolitan City of Turin", Dr.ssa Elena Di Bella, Metropolitan City of Turin (10 minutes)

Guillaume Corradino, Euromontana Network (10 minutes)

- Territorial Brands;

Elisa Agosti, EURAC Research Bolzano/Bozen (10 minutes)

11.15 AM / 11.30 AM: Break

11.30 AM/12.15 PM: UNESCO nomination of the Alpine food heritage   

- Multinational UNESCO nomination on safeguarding the Alpine food heritage:
(15 minutes)

Agostina Lavagnino, Lombardy Region, chef de file of the multinational nomination at EUSALP level: state of the process

- UNESCO nomination of the Alpine food heritage: state of play from the FR side
(15 minutes)

Silvia Ala, Parc Naturel Régional du Massif des Bauges

Diego Rinallo, EMLyon Business School

Possible next steps

Cédric Conteau, ANCT (15 minutes)

12.15 PM /12.55 PM:

- Exchange of views with Alpine partners and discussion in view of a possible joint development of European projects.

Presentation of project ideas to be presented at the Interreg Alpine Space programme (15 minutes)

-          AlpTextyles, classic project (Diego Rinallo)

-          Safeguarding the Alpine Food heritage, small-scale project – consolidation of the AlpFoodway project (Silvia Ala)

-           Intervention of the chairs of the Working Group on Mountain Agriculture and Mountain Forests of the Alpine Convention (15 minutes)

Mr Giorgio Matteucci / Mrs Simonetta Mazzarino, University of Turin

Q/A session (15 minutes)

12.55 PM/13.00 PM: Concluding Words: AG2 and AG6

Paris, Porte de Versailles