The international forum "A mountain full of energy" started
At the province of Sondrio Town Hall on Thursday 19 November the international forum "A mountain full of energy", organised by Euromontana and Irealp, started. The inaugural day of the symposium involved many members of the European Association for mountain regions, MEPs, authorities, representatives of regional and provincial institutions, in addition to a number of researchers.
Doing the home honours the President of the province of Sondrio, Massimo Sertori kicked off the event. "There are approximately 8 million people living in the 4,000 councils classified as mountainous", he stressed, "services are sometimes difficult, with more expensive infrastructure than elsewhere, but we are sure that mountains should be considered primarily as a resource, just as they were in the past. The people of the mountain are not looking for state handouts: they are asking to be able to use and better manage their resources. We have two very valuable resources here in Valtellina - water and environment - and we will try to maximise their exploitation in a sustainable manner".
Following greetings to the attentive and qualified audience by the prefect of Sondrio, Chiara Marolla, by the President of the Regional Council of Lombardy, Giulio De Capitani, the Mayor of Sondrio, Alcide Molteni, and via video from Samuele Furfari, of the European transport and energy Commission DG, the Symposium entered got fully underway with an intervention from André Marcon, President of Euromontana.
"We are very proud of our mountains and the communities that live in them", stated André Marcon, "and we are optimistic for the future."
Euromontana has chosen sustainable development as its banner, with the aim of promoting the progress of mountain areas in terms of generating wealth and well-being. We work with 70 members of 17 countries, with whom we design real paths of research and development. Thanks to Irealp and the involvement of other partners, a group which addresses the issue of mountain energy has been created. "Today’s event represents a cornerstone for our work: a path along which we intend to develop a concrete policy for the sector of energy on high land".
Following this, the President of IREALP, Fabrizio Ferrari presented the final version of the common document of Euromontana on mountain energy. The position paper is structured in 9 key points:
- Energy saving
- Territorial analysis and spatial energy
- Natural resources must be adequately compensated
- Available natural resources combined together produce energy and income
- Certification of quality to stabilise processes
- Widespread information
- Energy information points in Councils
- European Union budget lines
The ratification of the document, which enshrines the Union and the role of the mountains in the field of energy, territories will be the culmination of the International Forum and will occur during the second day of the Symposium, Friday 20th November, at the Chiuro Town Hall Auditorium (SO).
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