The Bio Col Alp project at the Mountain Agriculture forum of Longarone Fiere Dolomiti


As part of the Mountain Agriculture Forum, organized by Longarone Fiere Dolomiti, and on the proposal of the Order of Agronomists and Foresters of the Province of Belluno, the afternoon of April 30, 2021 is dedicated to the theme of cultivated biodiversity.

On this occasion, the first results of the project for the recovery and relaunch of biodiversity in alpine crops will be highlighted – sustainable management in the gardens and fields of Alto Agordino (ITA) and Assling (AUT), also identified with the more synthetic acronym of Bio Col Alp.
This initiative sees the joint participation, as part of the INTERREG V Italy-Austria program, of four municipalities included in the LAG Alto Bellunese (San Tomaso Agordino; Rocca Pietore; Livinallongo del Col di Lana; Vallada Agordina) and the Austrian municipality of Assling ( cross-border partner). These five mountain areas are united by the intention of enhancing the important wealth of knowledge linked to local crops, practiced in the family and on a small scale: with them varieties adapted to the territory, customs, practices of undoubted interest have come down to us.

Bio Col Alp intends to bring out these values, with the rediscovery and experimentation of local varieties, with the identification of the “custodians” of the varieties themselves, with training courses aimed primarily at them and with public events to disseminate the results .

In this sense, Longarone Fiere Dolomiti wants to offer a prestigious showcase to the project, allowing to exhibit the experiences of two years of field experimentation (2019 – 2020) in the aforementioned territories. Introduced by Dr. for. Orazio Andrich; this is followed by a greeting from Moreno De Val, Mayor of San Tomaso Agordino, the promoter Municipality and Lead-partner of the project; Johannes Keintzel, expert in cultivated biodiversity, will illustrate the importance and value of local varieties in the context of sustainable agriculture; dr. for. Cesare Andrich and Dr. agr. Giuseppe Pellegrini will exhibit the experimental tests and the recovery of ecotypes carried out thanks to the precious work of the custodians in the Upper Agordino and Livinallongo.

In conclusion, a speech by Professor Christian Vogl of the University of Vienna will allow you to learn about the path carried out in parallel by the Municipality of Assling, with innovative experiences related to both the spread of traditional crops and the care of the territory.

The event, entitled “EXPERIENCES OF RECOVERY AND RELAUNCHING BIODIVERSITY IN ALPINE CULTIVATIONS: THE BIO COL ALP PROJECT”, will be held, within the program of the Mountain Agriculture Forum, on Friday 30 April 2021 (17.00- 19.00) and broadcast live on the home page (

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