Mountains of Opportunities

A Summer Course for Young Professionals and Students on Spatial Planning and Territorial Governance on the Fringe of Mountain Areas

01 – 04 July 2023 in Avignon (FR)

ARL European Working Group AlpPlan (alpine spatial planning network) organizes an international summer course for Young Professionals and Students on “Spatial Planning and Territorial Governance on the Fringe of Mountain Areas”. In a new edition of this summer course, AlpPlan focuses on the specific situation in the South of France between Avignon and Mont Ventoux as well as the lessons it offers for future-oriented territorial governance in the entire Alpine region. The fringes of mountain areas are particularly relevant for spatial planning and research, as they often represent transition areas between different land use intensities, implicating numerous challenges for sustainable territorial development.

Together with local experts, the course will highlight different aspects of spatial development and related governance approaches. It encompasses presentations, workshops/interactive working groups and field trips including meetings and discussions with local experts. Several focus topics will be discussed, e.g.:

  • Climate change adaptation through Agroforestry
  • Tourism management
  • Balancing renewable energy production, biodiversity and agriculture through agrivoltaics
  • Ways to achieve the goal of net-zero land take

The course is targeted at young professionals from various disciplines (e.g. public spatial planning or conservation administrations; private planning offices) as well as (PhD-) students from related academic fields (e.g. spatial planning, geography, landscape ecology, landscape architecture, political science, nature conservation etc.).

Please find all relevant information on ARL International website: Call for Applications: AlpPlan Summer Course 2023 | ARL-International

If you want to attend the course, please sumbit your application until 14 April 2023. For any questions about the course and the application procedure, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.