Summer Field School (Hybrid) on Mountain Ecosystems & Resource Management

11-20 September 2023 | Carpathian/Bükk Mountains in Hungary

The Grassroots Institute (Canada), Valahia University of Targoviste (Romania), Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu (Romania), World Agricultural Heritage Forum (Italy), NatRisk at the University of Torino (Italy), Lviv Polytechnic National University (Ukraine), Yaroslav Mudriy National Law University (Ukraine), Carpathian National Nature Park (Ukraine), Rural Development Fund (Kyrgyzstan), and Central Himalayan Institute for Nature & Applied Research (India) are co-organizing “Summer Field School (Hybrid) on Mountain Ecosystems & Resource Management 2023” (FSc MER 2023) at Carpathian/Bükk Mountains in Hungary for 30 in-person Delegate Participants and for a thousand of (virtual) Speaker/Learner Participants. In addition to 9 Lead Partners, there are 29 General Partners and 7 Collaborators. Full details of the program are online at the website

This same global program, “Summer Field School on Mountain Ecosystems & Resource Management” (FSc MER 2021), was organized successfully in September 2021 with the partnership and collaboration of 63 universities, institutes, national parks, and organizations from 21 countries. Nearly 630 people from 69 countries took part in this 9-days event. All details are available on the weblink

This international training program examines the mountain ecosystems in contexts of human development and natural resources, principles of managing natural resources, and governing the resources for sustainable conservation. Depicting on case studies from a wide range of the current natural resources across the globe, the program considers how different social, political, economic and cultural and gender aspects compete for and sustain the natural resources in mountain ecosystems. The program also examines how environmental activists and their interventions conserved parks, energy, water and land in the face of climate variability based on a gender perspective. The program will consider how the current international and development system elaborates and processes to sustainably manage the available natural resources in mountain landscapes. The program aims at equipping researchers, students, practitioners and young teachers seeking to learn about mountain ecosystems and sustainable development, with practical approaches, knowledge and skills necessary for meeting the challenges of sustainable use of natural resources globally. This international training program is executed in partnership with various academic and practice-oriented organizations.

Important Features of the Program:

– 90 Lectures & Facilitation by 90 Professors & Experts
– 30 Delegate Participants (in-person)
– 60 Speaker Participants
– 300 Virtual Attendee
– Excellent Mountain Ambience in Bükk/Hungary
– Dialogue with Shepherds on 4th Day
– Combined Field Trip on 5th Day
– Practical Workshop on 6th Day
– Organic Farming Workshop on 7th Day
– Participants Seminar on 9th Day
– Learning/Teaching Material Available Open Access
– Pre-Training Mentorship for Delegate Participants
– Post-Training Follow Up
– Certificate to All Categories of Participants
– Swift Facilitation to All the Participants

Structure of the Program

The proposed program will constitute following 9 thematic groups to be executed on 9 different days:

Day 1: 11 September 2023 > Mountain Ecosystems, Climate Change and Local Communities
Day 2: 12 September 2023 > Water, Watershed, Wetland and River Basin Management
Day 3: 13 September 2023 > Mountain Forest & Biodiversity Management, and Park-People Interface
Day 4: 14 September 2023 > Mountain Transhumance, Pastoralism and Rangeland Governance
Day 5: 15 September 2023 > Combined Field Trip
Day 6: 16 September 2023 > Developing the Mountain Economies, Livelihoods and Micro-Enterprises
Day 7: 17 September 2023 > Agrobiodiversity, Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture & Food

                                   Systems in Mountains
Day 8: 18 September 2023 > Mountain Sustainability, Renewable Energy and SDGs
Day 9: 19 September 2023 > Sustainable Tourism and Socio-Cultural Integration in Mountains
Day 10: 20 September 2023 > Mountain Related International and National Laws & Policies

How to Participate in the Summer Field School?

The website has all possible information about the Eligibility, Procedures, Application Deadlines, Faculties & Experts, Partners & Collaborators, Methodology, Certification, Cost & Fees, Scholarship, etc.

Deadlines for Applications

Please see the website for deadlines: and
Delegate Participation (self-financing or sponsored or nominated): CLOSED (*Ask for seat availability)
Speaker Participation (virtual): CLOSED (*Ask for seat availability)
Attendee Participation (virtual): 20 September 2023


Further Information

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