Summer Field School & Workshop on Mountain Ecosystems and Resource Management

Monday, July 6, 2020 (All day) to Wednesday, July 15, 2020 (All day)
Ivano-Frankivsk Region, Ukraine
Related GLP Member: Hasrat Arjjumend


To build the capacities of future leaders (researchers, students, practitioners and scholars) we have announced a 10-days international program namely FSc MER 2020 or “Summer Field School & Workshop on Mountain Ecosystems and Resource Management” on 6-15 July 2020 in Ukraine’s Carpathian Mountains. The natural ecosystems in mountain areas are crucial for the existence of humankind on this planet. The proposed program is to cover the contexts of mountain regions globally, i.e. Himalayas, Alps, Andes, Rockies, Karakoram, Pamir, Carpathian, Fuji, Caucasus, etc. This program will be conducted for 30-40 international participants in English language covering the contemporary current topics on the following broad areas: (1) Mountain Ecosystems; (2) Freshwater Ecosystems; (3) Forest Ecology; (4) Grassland Ecosystems; (5) Biodiversity Conservation; (6) Wildlife Management; (7) Ecotourism; (8) Park-People Interface; (9) Participatory Resource Management; (10) Watershed Management; (11) Sustainable Agriculture & Organic Farming; (12) Agro-Biodiversity; (13) Transhumance & Pastoralism; (14) Livestock Production; (15) Mountain Livelihoods; (16) Mountain-based Conventions; (17) SDGs & Mountains; (18) Mountain Sustainability. Elaborated details of our program can be seen on dedicated website

Objectives and Purpose of the Program FSc MER 2020

This international training program examines the mountain ecosystems in contexts of human development and natural resources, principles of managing natural resources, and governing the resources for sustainable conservation. Depicting on case studies from a wide range of the current natural resources across the globe, the program considers how different social, political, economic and cultural and gender aspects compete for and sustain the natural resources in mountain ecosystems. The program also examines how environmental activists and their interventions conserved parks, energy, water and land in the face of climate variability basing on a gender perspective. The program will consider how the current international and development system elaborates and processes to sustainably manage the available natural resources in mountain landscapes. The program aims at equipping researchers, students, practitioners and teachers seeking learning about mountain ecosystems and sustainable development, with practical approaches, knowledge and skills necessary for meeting challenges of sustainable use of natural resources globally. This international training program will be executed in partnership of various academic and practice-oriented organizations.

Eligibility for Admission

The FSc MER 2020 is specifically designed for the following:

  • Young teachers
  • PhD students
  • Research scholars
  • Early career practitioners
  • Degree or Diploma students
  • Other having interests

Potential participants having education in the subjects like Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Geography, Anthropology, Conservation Biology, Agriculture, Forestry, Human Ecology, Resource Management, Economics, Wildlife, Water Science, Tourism, Animal Science, Cultural Studies, and allied subjects may join the program.

Duration and Location

6 – 15 July 2020. The program is proposed to take place in Carpathian Mountains of Ukraine (based in Ivano-Frankivsk region). See website for the deadline for applying.   

Training Methodology

Our training programs combine the latest developments in a specific field or sector with the opportunity to exchange knowledge and experiences with professionals from all over the world. The trainings are interactive and experiential learning-based. Our faculty members use a variety of formats: lectures, case stories/ studies, group discussions, group works and field visits. Participants develop individual Action Plan, in which they integrate all training topics and relate them to the reality of the participants’ field situations. So, in nutshell the following are the features of our trainings:

  1. Participatory learning methodologies
  2. Substantive reflections of participants' own personal capacities
  3. Group deliberation and experiential activities
  4. Handouts and reading materials
  5. Residential venue and learning practice without formal time limits

Participation Procedure and How to Apply

All interested applicants are suggested to read carefully variety of information placed by us on the website On the webpage ‘Participation Procedure’, various steps are explained elaborately. Similarly, ‘Application Procedure’ is also explained with fine details on webpage At the time of applying online, the applicant will have to pay Application Fee of CAD 25 through credit or debit card.

Scholarships and Fee Waiver

There are some scholarships available in the form of Tuition Scholarships and Travel Scholarships. For full fee paying participants, there will be some places under Fee Waiver scheme. Please read webpage for further details and procedure of applying.

Institutional Partnership  

In an attempt to engage more and more stakeholders and preparing intra-institutional and inter-institutional platforms from where the mountain sustainability can be promoted regionally or globally, we invited manyacademic institutions, international organizations, local councils and NGOs to partner/collaborate the program. So far, above 23 leading universities/institutions and nearly 27 medium/small organizations belonging to Canada, Ukraine, Belarus, Armenia, Albania, Slovenia, Romania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and India have signed MoU to partner/collaborate in this innovative program. Some more are expected. Interested academic institutions and field-based organizations can approach us for partnership or collaboration in this international program. Detailed information may be obtained on link

More Information

Dr. Hasrat Arjjumend, Program Director, FSc MER 2020, The Grassroots Institute |


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