See you in 2024 with an exciting program !

For its 13th edition, the gathering of mountain regions in motion is looking at a major challenge. The great climate exodus is looming: what scenarios should we expect?

We’ve seen it over the last four years: the combination of intense summer heat and the coronavirus pandemic has accelerated and increased the need for space and altitude among a whole section of the population. With their flexibility and technological accessibility, mountain regions suddenly have a new appeal, at a time when their economic model is being called into question by the decline in snow cover and the pressure on winter revenues. How should we tackle these changes? What mistakes should we avoid repeating? What opportunities can be seized?

On 21 and 22 August, the Moving Mountains Forum in Les Diablerets (VD, Switzerland) will bring together sustainability experts, federal and cantonal authorities and mountain municipalities from Switzerland and abroad, representatives from the academic world, professionals from the tourism and mountain economy, cultural and social players and civil society.

Wednesday August 21st

2:00 pm | Reception of participants at the Centre des Congrès Claude-Nicollier


2:30 pm | Reconversion, instructions for use. The example of the Jura Arc

With :

  • Nadia Mettraux, Director, Association pour le développement du Nord vaudois (ADNV)
  • Anne Sophie Fioretto, Associate Professor HES-SO, specialist in the conversion of alpine resorts
  • Jean-Marie Hommel, President of the Bugnenets-Savagnières SA resort (BE/NE)
  • Jacques Haldi, President of the La Robella cooperative (NE)
  • Luca Micheli, operator of the mixed mountain bike/ski lift at Valbirse (BE)


3:30 pm | Climate exodus scenarios

Nicola Braghieri, EPFL professor, “Human settlement: study of the Alpine territory” program

4:00 pm | Skiing in 2050: the three Villars-Les Diablerets-Gryon projects.

Discussion with Martin Deburaux, TVGD Director.


17h00 | The great challenge of mobility. The Vaud example

With Nuria Gorrite, State Councillor, Head of the Department of Culture, Infrastructure and Human Resources, Canton of Vaud.


17:20 | Collective mobility efforts: four examples from the Alps

  • With Grégoire Praz, Director of TPC
  • Yves Marclay, Director of RegionAlps SA (the example of Le Châble station)
  • Philippe Varone, President of the City of Sion, for the Sion-Veysonnaz and Bramois-Nax gondola projects
  • And other speakers.


18:30 | Aperitif hosted by Christian Reber, Syndic of the Commune of Ormont-Dessus, at the Chalet des Sources


19:30 | Country-style meal at Chalet des Sources presented by the Liebreich Foundation

Thursday August 22nd

8:30 am | Breakfast

With products from “Votre Cercle de Vie” in Château d’Oex.


9:00 am | InnHub, a visionary project in La Punt (Engadine)

Presentation by Jon Erni, one of the project’s promoters.


9h50 | Innovative energy solutions in the mountains

The example of the Solsarine project (Saanen), with Daniel Oechslin, owner and president of, Luca Zucchetto, CCO of Solarsplit, and the participation of Michaël Bersier (Romande Energie).

10:30 a.m. | Break

11:00 a.m. | Mountain architecture and construction: sustainable solutions for all?

Roundtable discussion with :

  • Heinz Beer, Managing Director, Beer Holzbau AG
  • Thomas Egger, Director, SAB (Swiss Association for Mountain Regions)
  • Yvonne Wespi, President of the Nouveau Comté cooperative (affordable housing in Château d’Oex)

11:50 | Sustainable mountain projects supported by the Canton of Vaud


12.15pm | Launch of the Moving Mountains Foundation

Presentation by Philippe Doffey


12:30 pm | Conclusion of the Forum


12:45 pm | Lunch

Presented by Isenau 360 and Les Diablerets merchants

This program is provisional and subject to change.

©Christophe Racat/ecovillages/DR