8th edition of the “Dolomites Mountain School” underway

The Dolomites Mountain School is back again this year, organised by the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia in partnership with the UNESCO Dolomites Foundation, the University of Udine, the Mountain Community of Carnia, the ASCA/Leggimontagna-Cortomontagna, and this year also the Mountain Community of the Friulian Dolomites, Cavallo and Cansiglio. The general theme forming the basis of this 8th edition is “collaboration between people and place to give the mountains space to breathe”.

Dolomiti Friulane Ph. Luciano Gaudenzio

Friulian Dolomites, ph. Luciano Gaudenzio

The new edition will be presented on 12 April.

The new edition of the Dolomites Mountain School will be presented on 12 April at 5.00 p.m. at the University of Udine, in the presence of Dean Roberto Pinton, UNESCO Dolomites Foundation Director Mara Nemela, coordinator of the school Gianpaolo Carbonetto, and Pierpaolo Zanchetta of the Biodiversity Service at the Autonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia. The event will host Michele Lanzinger, former Director of the MUSE Trento Science Museum, who will give a guest lecture on the topic “The contemporary museum: a cultural resource in the context of sustainability”.

Dolomites Mountain School: what is it all about?

The “Dolomites Mountain School” was founded in 2017 as the “UNESCO Dolomites Summer School” with the aim of reflecting on the culture of the landscape and tools for its management – an aim which has remained unchanged despite the new name. The primary aim of the course is to train and update people, both in public administration and in the private sector, who work directly in and with the landscape, in order to delve into its changes – not only those due to the climate crisis, but also all the changes that have come about due to the development, abandonment, exploitation or protection of the landscape over the years.

Programme for the 8th edition

This year, the events will kick off at Prato Carnico, on Friday 31 May from 9.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. in the Auditorium Comunale venue, with participants exploring the topic “Safety in the mountains begins at home”. The second session will be held in the Sala Azzurra room of the Forni di Sotto Parish buildings, on Friday 21 June at the same time, discussing “Landscape and abandoned structures: new perspectives and reappropriation”. The Dolomites Mountain School will then resume on Friday 20 September at the Ciasa dai Fornés venue in Forni di Sopra. This event will explore “Flexibility for coexistence of residents and tourists”, before closing in Cimolais, at the headquarters of the Natural Park of the Friulian Dolomites, on Friday 8 November, with discussion focusing on “Mountain fauna: expansion and regression driven by the new climate”.

Here is a link to videos from the last edition of the Dolomites Mountain School in 2023.