A cross-disciplinary, transnational and participative approach to Alpine food cultural heritage

Networking & awareness

Wide participation of communities, groups and individuals is paramount to connect people and create, maintain and transmit AlpFoodway heritage among today’s and future generations. Dedicated activities rose awareness about the Alpine food heritage and its use for sustainable development in peripheral mountain areas. They helped make people aware of the AlpFoodway values and disseminated sustainable marketing tools as well as the lessons learned through the project pilot actions. 

Multilevel network promoting Alpine Food Heritage

Based on the needs and requirements of Alpine heritage communities an Alpine community network was formed including centers of expertise in different subjects (agriculture, landscape, culinary, culture, tourism, commerce, craft, sustainable development), representatives of local communities, heritage communities as well as different decision makers in order to facilitate information and knowledge exchange.  

Awareness raising activities

Transnational capacity building ateliers for partners (read the news: Capacity building activities support local communities and help preserving intangible heritage ), observers and local stakeholders provided elements of reflection to construct and sustainably develop Alpine communities and highlight common identification elements/sources and practices across Alpine Space. Using participatory methods and the helix approach they were able to make partners and main stakeholders aware of the contemporary role of Intangible Cultural Heritage for the sustainable development of Alpine regions and the well-being of local residents. 

The AlpFoodway awareness raising and networking platform  (D.T4.2.2) was launched on October 4th at the AlpFoodway midterm conference. Here, people can learn about the project, access the intangiblesearch inventory and sign the AlpFoodway petition.

The AlpFoodway photo contest (D.T4.2.3) gave partners a feel of people's perception of the Alpine food heritage and of language issues to be considered when communicating it.
Read the news about the photo contest:
Tell your "Alpine food heritage stories" and win! 
Alpfoodway photo contest: involving communities, increasing visibility of Alpine Food Heritage

Documents and results

Wide Community Participation

To increase awareness on transnational alpine an International Forum was organized in Milan on behalf of all the partners. Learn more about the AlpFoodway Community Forum (D.T4.4.2)

A Charter of Alpine Food ICH Values was shared with the public during the AlpFoodway midterm conference and through the awareness raising platform to raise awareness and foster engagement with Alpine food Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Development of a Vision Paper on Alpine Food Intangible Cultural Heritage

Starting from project results, partners and observers developed a Vision Paper on Alpine Food Intangible Cultural Heritage, a strategic document summarizing how Alpine Food Intangible Cultural Heritage is a lever for sustainable development in peripheral mountain areas. The vision paper was translated in all Alpine languages and published online for wide dissemination. It was officially presented at the International AlpFoodway Forum. 

Information about the AlpFoodway Final Community Forum (D.T4.4.2) are available here

Documents and results