10th Moving Mountains Forum:
Save the date, the 3rd of September 2021
FINANCING SUSTAINABLE TRANSITION IN THE MOUNTAINS
Since 2012, the Moving Mountains Forum has been working to network the very concrete challenges faced by mountain communities in inventing a sustainable future, and the bearers of innovative projects, proven solutions and promising ideas. For its tenth edition, which will be held in a mixed format (physical presence and remote connection), the forum will focus on a crucial element of the sustainable transition: its financing.
Faced with the multiplicity and importance of the needs, which often greatly exceed their autonomous capacities and their indigenous needs, mountain communities are often dependent on state and parastatal funding programmes, with very strict rules. What are the reasons for this? What is the place of innovation? What impulses for “smart villages”?
And how can private initiatives fit into this development? What models work, from participatory financing to investment funds and fully financed infrastructure projects?
And in the medium term, what financing for what new challenges? Socio-economic paradigm shifts, changes in tourism, the role of technology, how to anticipate tomorrow’s investments today?
With the help of concrete examples, the multidisciplinary players in this upheaval – local elected representatives, entrepreneurs, experts, financiers, etc. – will detail their solutions, compare their ideas and look for common paths.
Round tables, presentations, debates, workshops: a day of reflection and action for sustainable transition in the mountains.
From now on, book your participation in the forum online or in person.
Register now – preferential rate before July 31. Together, let’s move mountains!
See you on September 3rd at the Moving Mountains Forum Ecovillages!
FINANCING SUSTAINABLE TRANSITION IN THE MOUNTAINS
A deciphering of the challenges of innovation at the summit by Michael Liebreich, founder of the forum and of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, international expert on sustainable transition
The presentation of the energy transition of the village of Zinal, which combines technology through an innovative heating network, the use of natural and local materials and financial inventiveness, with Boris Clivaz, GEFISWISS SA, asset manager active in sustainable finance, David Melly, President of the Commune of Anniviers (VS) and Stéphane Genoud, professor responsible for Energy Management at the Institute of Entrepreneurship & Management of the HES-SO Valais/Wallis.
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Testimonies from Alpine sustainability entrepreneurs and representatives of the village of Albinen, which has transformed its destiny by adopting revolutionary solutions
A round table discussion on new ways of sustainable financing in the mountains, with federal, cantonal and private representatives involved in concrete projects
A major debate on the technological investments and economic transformations necessary for the sustainable transition in the mountains, with recognised experts from the world of finance, science, politics, energy and the mountain economy
Workshops to build together the sustainable socio-economic models of tomorrow
*The detailed programme will be announced in early August
Friday 3rd september 2021
From 9.15 am
Welcome, coffee and croissants
Opening of the 10th Moving Mountains Forum. Welcome by the Mayor of Ormont-Dessus, Christian Reber (by video)
Kick-start. Financial innovation at the summit: deciphering the issues, by Michael Liebreich, founder of the forum (by video)
Green Bonds, the future solution for financing the sustainable transition of mountain resorts
Discussion with Christopher Kaminker (Head of Sustainable Investment Research & Strategy, Lombard Odier Ltd), Alexandre Zeller (Member of the Board of the Swiss Mountain Aid Foundation and Managing Partner of Lombard Odier&Cie), Isabelle Laurent (European Bank for Development and Reconstruction – EBRD/via video), Christopher Flensborg (Head of Climate and Sustainable Finance, SEB Bank, Sweden, Adèle Thorens Goumaz (Councillor of the States Les Verts/VD, Member of the Advisory Board of the Economic and Business Forum/Swiss Triple Impact).
13 commitments over 3 years: the Summit Foundation’s programme for the sustainable transition of mountain resorts, presentation by Charlotte Nerrière, Project Manager
The presentation of the energy transition of the village of Zinal, which combines technology through an innovative heating network, the use of natural and local materials and financial inventiveness, with Boris Clivaz, GEFISWISS SA, asset manager active in sustainable finance, David Melly, President of the Commune of Anniviers (VS) and Stéphane Genoud, professor responsible for Energy Management at the Institute of Entrepreneurship & Management of the HES-SO Valais/Wallis
Round table : Public or private, the new ways of sustainable financing in the mountains, with David Kramer, Head of Regional Policy and Territorial Organisation at SECO, Guillaume Fuchs, Co-Director Energy Solutions at Romande Energie, Louis Papadopoulos, owner of the Maya Boutique Hotel in Nax (VS), Alain Juan, President of Neuchâtel-VTT and Pascal Monneron, President of the Vacherin Mont-d’Or interprofession. Moderator: Benoît Charrière, Deputy Director, Sofies Group
Albinen, 5 years later. Testimony of a village that has taken itself in hand
Isenau 360°, a laboratory even in its financing? Presentation, by Thierry Weber and Stéphane Bise
(End of the live stream)
Workshop 1: Changing the model in winter, solutions and costs
Workshop 2: Participatory financing, a model in the valleys?
The participative workshops will apply a design thinking approach supported by Innosuisse NTN Innovation Booster with examples presented by
Stephan Juen from SmartSkiResort and Novatlantis
Nicolas Oppliger – Founder & Project Manager, YesWeFarm, crowdfunding for agriculture and food
Saturday 4th September 2021
Inauguration of the large public swing of the Swing The World project, offered by the Moving Mountains Forum and the Liebreich Foundation at the Isenau 360° Terrace (30mn walk from Lake Retaud). With a drink and the participation of the Isenau 360° cooperative.
Free access to the event
*Program subject to change
The forum in live streaming