Mountain Agriculture Platform (2011-2019)
Mountain agriculture shapes and maintains the Alpine landscape, keep traditions alive and is closely linked to other sectors such as tourism and forestry. It underwent significant changes in the last decades, with an observed abandonment of farms, that is particularly striking in some Alpine countries and is often combined with demographic dynamics.
Mountain farming is one of the 12 focus areas listed in the Alpine Convention (Article 2.) and the Mountain Farming Protocol was signed in 1994. In addition, the Action Plan on Climate Change in the Alps refers amongst others to mountain farming and the challenges that mountain agriculture faces due to climate change.
In 2011, the XI. Alpine Conference set up the Mountain Agriculture Platform underlining the role of farming as a source of livelihood and thus to maintain an adequate population density. Beside this, it provides the inhabitants and tourists with local high-quality products and preserves the cultural landscape.
Overview of activities, documents and results
Position paper of the Mountain Agriculture Platform in the Context of the Alpine Convention, prepared for the Mountain Farming Conference in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (DE), 4 October 2016 - in German, French, Italian and Slovenian
8th meeting of the Platform Mountain Agriculture, 6-7 May 2015
Präsentation zu Aspekten der Ernährungssicherung - Christian Steiner (NÖ Agrarbezirksbehörde)
Vorstellung der Mountain Week vom 4—11. Juni 2015 während der EXPO in Mailand - Filippo Favilli (EURAC, Bozen)
7th meeting of the Platform on the topic of food security and mountain farming, 3-4 July 2014
Beitrag der Berglandwirtschaft zur Ernährungssicherheit und Ernährungssouveränität - by Elisabeth Schwaiger
Ein Diskussionsbeitrag seitens Schweiz zum Thema Ernährungssouveränität - by Thomas Maier
Thema Ernährungssouveränität dargestellt am Beispiel Schweiz - by Thomas Maier