“Intercultural cooperation and traditional knowledge transfer: a boost for sustainable tourism” – ITALY, 15-16.09.2017

“Intercultural cooperation and traditional knowledge transfer: a boost for sustainable tourism"  Moena (15-16.09.2017) – POST EVENT PRESS RELEASE

The Municipality of Moena hosted on the 15th and 16th September 2017, the international event “Intercultural cooperation and traditional knowledge transfer: a boost for sustainable tourism" organized within the EU Project “GEMS – Integration and Solidarity European Models for Sustainability”, co-funded by the EACEA Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union.

The project, coordinated by the Alpine Pearls Association links in a network five Alpine towns: Werfenweng – A; Bad Reichenhall – D; Municipality of Bled – SI; Municipality of Forni di Sopra – I; Municipality of Moena – I.

During the international event more than 80 citizens had the opportunity to work together and to deepen their knowledge on the EU instruments and programmes on intercultural cooperation and traditional knowledge. During the first day participants were involved in a public conference on the EU policy framework on “Traditional knowledge and intercultural cooperation”, coordinated by the Institute of International Sociology of Gorizia, in which researchers presented to GEMS Task-forces and participants the current EU strategies and opportunities for interculturalcooperation. During this conference local experts explained the best practices of traditional craft and knowledge.

After the conference participants were engaged in a guided tour organised by local cultural associations to discover history, traditions and culture of Moena. The evening was dedicated to a networking dinner in which participants had the possibility to taste the Puzzone of Moena DOP cheese: a traditional local product.

The second day of the event participants were involved in two sessions of workshop on cultural heritage, traditional knowledge and intercultural dialogue, focusing on the potential actions and the identifications of actors and targets.
Participants outlined the importance of an Alpine school network and the organisation of a Music and Cooking Festival to foster the traditions, the culture of a local community and to promote the local traditional products.

Participants also determined the intercultural dialogue as a tool to build an open and inclusive community. Another important aspect emerged from the workshop was the collaboration between associations, volunteer organisations, local actors and tourism operators in order to facilitate the sustainable tourism. The debates during the two sessions were facilitated by the Scientific Partner-ISIG.

The second day was also dedicated to a Study Visit (i.e. The Puzzone Trekking) to the main cheese factories of the area, specialized in the production of the Puzzone of Moena DOP cheese.During the Study Visit GEMS participants engaged in “On the Road” Brainstorming and debates on “the importance of traditional economies and local products”.
The project activities are open to a wide range of interested citizens from all involved towns.All citizens may visit the project web-site (www.gemsproject.eu) or write directly to the Consortium (info@gemsproject.eu) for receiving further information.

 

“Intercultural cooperation and traditional knowledge transfer: a boost for sustainable tourism"  MOENA – 15-16.09.2017

The Municipality of Moena will host on 15th and 16th September 2017 the Transnational Event “Intercultural cooperation and traditional knowledge transfer a boost for sustainable tourism”. The initiative represents the fourth transnational event organised within the EU project “GEMS – Integration and Solidarity European Models for Sustainability”, co-funded by EACEA Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union. The project coordinated by the Alpine Pearls Association, links in a network of “Active GEMS”, five Alpine towns from four countries of the Region: Werfenweng – A, Bad Reichenhall – D, Bled – SI, Forni di Sopra -I, Moena -I.

The event hosted by the Municipality of Moena will focus on strategies for re-launching traditional and local economies, based on local farmhouse tourism. Moreover, the events’ workshops will try to identify how to extend such strategies to intercultural cooperation, specifically focusing on how to capitalise on new skills and crafts, that may interest the Alpine communities (e.g. by the arrival of new residents such as migrants, asylum seekers, refugees, etc).

The first day of the international event will foresee a public conference on “Traditional knowledge and intercultural cooperation”, coordinated by the Institute of International Sociology of Gorizia, in which experts will present to GEMS Task-forces and participants the current EU programmes, strategies and opportunities for intercultural cooperation. Moreover, during the conference experts from the Municipality of Moena will present as well their practices of related to traditional crafts. After the conference, participants will discover the history, the culture and local traditions of Moena, by attending the “Viac cultural” – a guided tour organised by local cultural associations. The evening will be dedicated to networking event, hosted by a parallel event dedicated to local dairy crafts: the Puzzone di Moena Festival.

During the second day participants will take part in a Study Visit (i.e. The Puzzone Trekking) to the main cheese factories of the area, specialized in the production of the Puzzone of Moena DOP cheese. The cheese is a landmark for the area of “Val di Fassa” and “Val di Fiemme” and is characterized by a special manufacturing process.

During the Puzzone Trekking, the GEMS Task-forces will engage in several workshop sessions, based on the inputs received at the visited sites. The itinerant workshop will aim to delineated the future network activities for the promotion of intercultural cooperation and traditional knowledge for a sustainable tourism. During the workshop participants will be guided in debate sessions around the opportunities of multicultural exchanges and intergenerational dialogue for the re-launching of traditional economies and sustainable development.

The project activities are open to a wide range of interested citizens from all involved towns. All citizens may visit the project web-site (www.gemsproject.eu) or write directly to the Consortium (info@gemsproject.eu) for receiving further information.