Alpine Clubs in the 21st century
Programme of the Italian Alpine Club (CAI) 99th National Congress
Event organised within the 150th jubilee celebrations
Udine (I), September 20/21/22, 2013
Facoltà di Economia dell’Università degli Studi di Udine
Via Tomadini, 30
The 99th CAI National Congress has been conceived as an international meeting of Alpine Clubs and other mountain organisations. The goal of the three days long (Friday afternoon to Sunday morning) Congress is to compare the different experiences of Alpine Clubs and to investigate the role they may play in the future, with respect to the valorisation of mountain culture as well as to the protection and development of mountain regions. Also, one of the sessions is set to compare the legal framework and operating modes of Alpine Clubs ; it will also examine the relationships with other bodies, the activities of which supplements or partially overlaps those of the Alpine Clubs, i.e. scientific institutions, environmentalist NGOs, sport and educational associations. The Congress has been conceived moving from the idea that Alpine Clubs have gone through very different experiences which are worth comparing, but also that they need to interact with other mountain-related organisations and bodies. The meeting will be divided into sessions, each introduced by a brief presentation, followed by programmed interventions and by an open debate. A series of parallel workshops will develop operational proposals and guidelines; in this way the meeting will not be purely formal or academic, it will produce concrete results, that each participating body may choose how to implement in its everyday activity. The proceedings of the Congress will be published as an e-book, with a user-friendly graphic design. Excursions and/or social programmes will be organised for accompanying parties.
Index of sessions and thematic workshops
The first session – Relationship of Alpine Clubs to other organisations – will explore the existing collaboration and/or competition that, in different realms, link or oppose Alpine Clubs to other organisations, such as cultural, sport, educational, environmentalist ones, in order to understand how these relationships are managed.
The second session – Institutional framework and operating modes of Alpine Clubs – will provide a comparison among the institutional forms that Alpine Clubs have chosen in different countries and how they operate (type of activities, volunteers role, direct versus indirect services supply…).
The third session – Advancement and valorisation of mountain culture – will investigate the role played by Alpine Clubs in relationship to research on and dissemination of mountain culture.
The fourth session – Preservation and development of mountain regions - will figure out which Alpine Clubs are actively involved in the preservation and development of mountain regions, as well as enjoy privileged relationships with political institutions with respect to mountain policies; it will also survey any relevant experiences and their outcomes.
The five thematic workshops, into which any participant is welcomed to take part, are supposed to gather the suggestions of the initial sessions and develop concrete operating proposals. The first workshop (A) will explore the relationship between volunteering and professionalism. The second workshop (B) will investigate the issues of communication of mountain information and will develop adequate strategies to improve the communication of Alpine Clubs. The third workshop (C) will focus on the development and preservation of mountain regions. The fourth workshop (D) will compare the different approaches to the education and training of members and others who will be responsible of field operations in the mountains; it will also explore opportunities for an harmonisation of curricula and the advancement of training. The fifth workshop (E) will be devoted to the activities the Alpine Clubs dedicate to children and teen-agers, will compare the different approaches and propose initiatives and methodologies.
Invited parties are leaders, officers and executives of Alpine Clubs at the national or local level, politicians, officers and executives from public institutions and private associations. However, anyone who shares an interest in mountains from a cultural, professional, institutional standpoint may be interested in taking part to the meeting. Finally, it is important to underline that the participation is open to all members of the Alpine Clubs, who can take part individually and offer their contribution of ideas.
The first day – Friday, September 20 – after the opening remarks, will start with the keynote speech, and will continue with the first session, lasting 1h30’. The session will be introduced by the chairperson (15’), followed by a series of short interventions by the members of participating organisations (45’), organised according to the significance of their experience to the topic in discussion, to end with a time frame large enough to allow a broad and in-depth discussion.
14:30 – Opening remarks by Umberto Martini, President General of the Italian Alpine Club (CAI) and addresses by authorities
15:00 – Keynote speech
Marco Onida – former Secretary General of the Alpine Convention Giorgio Godina – former President, Sezione XXX Ottobre, CAI
16:00 – Tea break (15’)
First session _ Relationship of Alpine Clubs to other organisations
CHAIRPERSON: Franco Iseppi – President, Italian Touring Club (TCI)
ANNOUNCED PRESENTATIONS: Damiano di Simine, Legambiente; Massimo Gavagnin, AGESCI; Paola Gigliotti, Italian Free Climbing Federation (FASI); Carlos Lopez, European Speleological Federation (FSE); Rainero Maggini, WWF Italy; Giampietro Marchesi, Italian Speleological Society (SSI); Mauro Pascolini, Italian Geographical Society; Antonio Scarano, Brigata Alpina Julia e Servizio Meteomont
19:30 – Vin d’honneur and dinner at the Castle of Udine
The second day – Saturday, September 21 – is divided between morning and afternoon programmes. Plenary session will continue in the morning. Each session will be introduced by the chairperson (15’), followed by a series of short interventions by the members of participating organisations (45’), organised according to the significance of their experience to the topic in discussion, to end with a time frame large enough to allow a broad and in-depth discussion. In the afternoon the thematic workshops will take place: each workshop, between 6 and 18 participants in size and with a CAI representative as coordinator, will focus on a particular subject, based on the information and suggestions from the sessions, so as to translate them into operational proposals.
08:30 -Second session _ Institutional framework and operating modes of Alpine Clubs
CHAIRPERSON: Pier Giorgio Oliveti – Board member, UIAA
ANNOUNCED PRESENTATIONS: Nejat Akinci, Zirve Dagcilik Mountaineering Club (TUR); John Porter, Alpine Club (UK); Zaya Sanyaa, MNMF (Mongolian National Mountain Federation); Urska Trcek, PZS (Club Alpino Sloveno); Frits Vrijland, President, UIAA
10:00 – Coffee break (15’)
10:30 -Third session _ Advancement and valorisation of mountain culture
CHAIRPERSON: Mattia Sella – President, CAI Central Scientific Committee
ANNOUNCED PRESENTATIONS: Nejat Akinci, Zirve Dagcilik Mountaineering Club (TUR); Aldo Audisio, Museo Nazionale della Montagna; Gianpaolo Carbonetto, jpurnalist; Igor Jelen, University of Trieste; Melania Lunazzi, journalist; Giovanni Puglisi, President, UNESCO Italian National Commission; Mauro Varotto, University of Padua; Andrea Zannini, University of Udine
12:00 -Fourth session _ Preservation and development of mountain regions
CHAIRPERSON: Ester Cason Angelini – Mountain Network
ANNOUNCED PRESENTATIONS: Nejat Akinci, Zirve Dagcilik Mountaineering Club (TUR); Cassiano Luminati, Polo Poschiavo Association; Stefano Lucchini, Mayor of Sauris; Antonio Massarutto, University of Udine; Edi Sommariva, Friuli Venezia Giulia Tourism Board
13:30 – Lunch break (60’)
15:00 – Thematic Workshops
WORKSHOP A – Chairperson: Giacomo Stefani – President, Italian Academic Alpine Club
Relationship between volunteering and professionalism
WORKSHOP B – Chairperson: Luca Calzolari – Editor, CAI magazine M360
Communication and information strategies
WORKSHOP C – Chairperson: Filippo Di Donato – Board member, Italian Parks Federation
Initiatives for the preservation and development of mountain regions
WORKSHOP D – Francesco Carrer – President, Veneto CAI regional group
Models and programmes for the education and training of group leaders, monitors, alpine guides and other operational staff
WORKSHOP E – Walter Gerbino [to be confirmed]
Initiatives in favour of the education and training of youths
16:30 – Tea break (15’) followed by short concert performed by the Alpine Friulian Society Choir
17:00 – Thematic Workshops [continuation]
19:30 -Dinner in historical friulian restaurant
The third day – Sunday, September 22 - which will end in the late morning, will open with the reports of the workshops chairpersons. After the coffee break, the congress will resume with the proposal for a European Foundation for the Mountains. Then the newly appointed Secretary General of the Alpine Convention will offer his contribution to the discussion. Finally, the President of the Italian Alpine Club (CAI) will conclude the Congress with his final remarks.
09:00 – Report of the thematic workshops chairpersons
10:30 – Coffee break (15’)
11:00 – Final session
Presentation of the Proposal for a European Foundation for the Mountains
Roberto Ferrero – former President, Torino CAI branch
Alpine Convention, the future of an established collaboration
Markus Reiterer – Secretary General, Alpine Convention
Umberto Martini – President General, Italian Alpine Club (CAI)
All practical information will be available on the dedicated website at the following Internet address: http://congressocai99.alpinafriulana.it
All participants are kindly requested to register as soon as possible on the website, where they will also find information on accommodation and the form to book a hotel room; through the registration form participants will also have the opportunity to announce their contribution to one of the sessions or reserve a place in one of the workshops.
For any information or request, the e_mail address is the following: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Congress will be held at the University of Udine, Faculty of Economics, located in the historical core of the town (ADDRESS: via Tomadini, 30).
The Coordinator of the 99th Congress is Sebastiano Parmegiani, who can be reached at the following addresses: email@example.com | +39.348.070.5969 | Skype: sebastianoparmegiani
Società Alpina Friulana
Sezione di Udine del Club Alpino Italiano
Via Beato Odorico da Pordenone, 3
I-33100 UDINE (Italy)
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