Final Conference


We are very glad to announce the LIFE PASTORALP final conference “GLOBAL CHALLENGES IN MOUNTAIN AGROPASTORAL SYSTEMS – Scientific evidence on impacts, adaptation and policies”, which aims at bringing together researchers, policy makers, agriculture and extension technicians, farmers and students to share and discuss current and emerging issues related to climate-driven global changes in mountain agropastoral systems. The debate on these issues, hosted in the heart of the Alps, will be fostered by experiences from all Europe and mountain environments and will give rise to new ideas and proposals to be spread and shared globally.

Where and when

📍Forte di Bard, Bard, Aosta Valley (Italy) (where to sleep in Bard and surroundings)

📅 15-16-17 March 2023

Registration opens soon

Program (in progress)

Day 1 (15/03/2023) – Conference opening, keynote talks and discussion with policy makers and stakeholders

  • Carolina Adler – Executive Director Mountain Research Initiative, Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
  • Maria Luisa Paracchini – Sustainable Resources – European Commission Joint Research Centre
  • to be defined

Day 2 (16/03/2023) – Scientific conference

Day 3 (17/03/2023) – Project networking, on invitation

Topics of the scientific conference:

🔎 Challenges and opportunities for mapping and modelling agropastoral systems

Mapping grasslands and agropastoral systems has become undoubtedly pivotal for global change studies, natural resource monitoring and management, desertification evaluation and or loss of biodiversity. Moreover, the abandonment of marginal land in combination with shrub encroachment and climate changes are critical factors in the continuing decline of Europe’s species-rich of semi-natural grassland habitats. Traditional mapping methods are time consuming and very costly, hence, alternative approaches (such as modelling, remote sensing products, machine learning) are becoming increasingly important to map changes in pastoral systems and detect mowing and grazing practices. This session welcomes studies analysing challenges and opportunities of using innovative approaches to model and map grasslands and pastoral systems.

🔎 Climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation

As climate change continues, and climate extremes such as droughts, heatwaves, and  intense precipitation increase, it is important to advance our understanding of their impacts on ecosystem structure and function. Natural and managed ecosystems, such as mountain pastures, have indeed the potential to face future climate change challenges if preserved and sustainably managed. This session focuses on observational, experimental and modeling studies related to climate change impacts on mountain grasslands, pastures and other agropastoral systems. We also welcome studies investigating the role of agropastoral systems for adaptation and mitigation opportunities in mountain areas.

🔎 Governance under global changes: the interface between policy and science

The science-policy interface presents several challenges to both scientists and policy-makers, however, the growing severity of challenges imposed by climate change, and the policies needed to face them, implies that more frequent collaborations between scientists and policymakers are crucial. This session welcomes studies or experiences at the interface between policy and science in the context of mountain agropastoral systems, including the definition of adaptation or mitigation strategies or plans. The session aims also at describing the current gaps, challenges, skills and strategies facilitating the uptake of scientific knowledge in policy formulation and implementation.


Mountain agropastoral systems are facing global challenges (climate change, land use and societal changes) to which scientists need to respond. The LIFE PASTORALP final conference entitled “Climate-driven global challenges in the mountain agropastoral systems” will give the opportunity to gather relevant representatives (scientists, policy makers, technicians and stakeholders), coming from both PASTORALP study areas and other alpine and mountain regions, to present and discuss the utmost climate related biophysical, social and governance issues affecting agropastoral systems in mountain environments. This will give the chance to exchange opinions and to gain science-based knowledge on these topics, paving the path for future actions and synergies for an environmental and economic sustainable transition.

Abstract Submission

Abstract must have a maximum length of 3000 characters including space, written in english, and be submitted in .docx format. In order to compiling it, thank you for referring to the following template.

The deadline for abstract submission is December 16th, 2022

Scientific Committee

  • Vincenzo Angileri, JRC
  • Giovanni Argenti, UNIFI
  • Isabella Arpin, INRAE
  • Bruno Bassano, PNGP
  • Mauro Bassignana, IAR
  • Gianni Bellocchi, INRAE
  • Joël Bérard, AGROSCOPE
  • Marco Bindi, UNIFI
  • Richard Bonet, PNE
  • Luca Colombo, FIRAB
  • Philippe Choler, CNRS
  • Edoardo Cremonese, ARPA VDA
  • Murielle Della Vedova, PNE
  • Camilla Dibari, UNIFI
  • Gianluca Filippa, ARPA VDA
  • Marta Galvagno, ARPA VDA
  • Sandra Lavorel, CNRS
  • Giampiero Lombardi, UNITO
  • Claude Napoleone, INRAE
  • Giovanna Seddaiu, UNISS
  • Consolata Siniscalco, UNITO

Organizing Committee

  • Emmanuelle Brancaz, PNE
  • Camilla Dibari, UNIFI
  • Marta Galvagno, ARPA VDA
  • Silvia Ghidotti, PNGP
  • Anais Piccot, IAR
  • Laura Stendardi ,UNIFI
  • Roger Tonetti, ARPA VDA
  • Ramona Viterbi, PNGP