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European Association of Elected representatives from Mountain Regions

Company description

AEM is an association of local and regional authorities gathering direct members and indirect throw the membership of national associations. Globally, AEM is representing 10 000 municipalities and 50 Regions from 10 Members states. The European Association of the elected representatives of Mountain is endowed with a consultative status at the Council of Europe, with observer's status at the Congress of the local and regional powers of Europe (CPLRE) and with the Alpine Conference. AEM has also signed a commune action plan with the Committee of the Regions (CoR) and support actively the work done in the CoR. AEM is also the Executive secretariat of the Intergroup "Mountains, Islands and Sparsely populated areas" in the European Parliament.

Fields of activity

  • To gather local and regional authorities, elected representatives from European mountain territories and the organizations networking them at multi-levels
  • To take into account the specificities of mountain regions and to obtain a political and legal recognition
  • To promote an integrated policy of balanced and sustainable development of mountain regions in Europe
  • To coordinate the activities of local and regional mountain communities at European level
  • To represent mountain regions and defend the interests of their populations toward European institutions or organizations, but also national governments members of the European Union
  • To inform its members and the public audience of problems and current elements interesting directly or indirectly mountain regions

Tasks in the AIM project

AEM is leader of WP 3 Information and communication.
This work package aims at:
As a transversal element of the project, to play a strategic role. The WP will walk side by side with all the technical activities, covering all project specific communication activities. The WP will guarantee internal communication among partners (link to WP2) and diffusion of technical outputs to target groups of stakeholders. The panel discussions with key stakeholders will allow the dissemination of WP4-5 outcomes, and getting their feedback to support the identification of AS region needs. The success of the AIM project depends to a high degree upon effective and intense communication both internally among the partners and externally with relevant stakeholders and the general public. Such communication needs to be strategically planned, cooperatively and systematically implemented by all PPs.
The project targets all groups and persons “around” the use of "water" and “hydropower”. These are regional, national and transnational organizations, representing policy decision makers in the AS area, public administrations, water authorities, hydropower producers & energy agencies, environmental associations, research centres, users of electric power and all groups having any influence on the decisional processes. Target audiences of the project’s communication activities have been divided into different groups: project partners, stakeholders, general public, and media. Each of them will be informed about the project activities and the results through proper information channels.
For the proper communication with the various target groups a bundle of communication activities is envisaged. The rapid growth of internet access for individuals, businesses and other organisations has confirmed the importance of the website as a tool for promoting key messages and as a source to spread information. This is why the AIM portal 2.0 will be the main information source of the project, a sort of “meeting point” for all target groups. Regular communication with stakeholders is crucial for successful dissemination of project activities: panel discussions and the establishment of a Stakeholder Panel, playing a key role for expert consultation and link with target groups, are strategic elements to achieve communication and dissemination throughout the entire project cycle.
Project brochure, leaflet and newsletters (translated to national language) will be produced containing the basic information about the project results.

On other work-packages:
AEM is also in charge of organizing the national events in France and in Switzerland to spread the results of the Alpine Space Program to relevant actors and a wide audience of end-users, including streaming through the web.

AEM will report on project results in terms of economic valorization of ecosystem services (TEEB). AEM and RSE will determinate AS Region needs regarding renewable energy (with emphasis in hydropower) on regional, national and transnational level. They will review the policies of the countries belonging to the AS Region, will interface with stakeholders on regional, national and transnational level with an aim to determine their needs.

AEM and RSE will assess and evaluate outcomes and results achieved by the selected 6 projects, also by using Stakeholder Panel expert evaluation, interviews, questionnaires and targeted meetings

Contact person

Project Manager: Nicolas EVRARD
Street: Maison des Parcs et de la Montagne, 256, Rue de la République
Post Code: 7300
Town/ City: Chambéry
Country: France
Phone: +33 (0)6 89 59 53 81
Homepage: www.promonte-aem.net/
E-mail: nicolas.evrard@promonte-aem.net

Download the AIM deliverables!
(Milan, Italy, 10th January 2015)

AIM WebGIS database
(Milan, Italy, 9th January 2015)

WP5 deliverables are now available for download!
(Vienna, Austria, 9th January 2015)

Alpine Space needs in terms of water & energy nexus
(Ljubljana, Slovenia, 31st December 2014)

Outcomes from panel discussions and interviews with stakeholders
(31st December 2014)

Final Transnational Seminar
(Venice, Italy, 25 November 2014)

Final Transnational Seminar, PRELIMINARY AGENDA
(Venice, Italy, 25 November 2014)

Water for the world initiative
(Milano, Italy, 25 November 2014)

Alpine Space 2020 Conference
(Salzburg, Austria, 21 October 2014)

AIM project promoted by the French press
(Megeve, France, 11 October 2014)

Final Transnational Seminar, SAVE THE DATE
(Venice, Italy, 25 November 2014)

Questionnaire about WATER-ENERGY-NEXUS!
(Milan, Italy, 17 September 2014)

European River Restoration Conference
(Vienna, Austria, 27 - 29 October 2014)

Alpine Freshwater Habitats – River Restoration Workshop
(Zvolen, Slovakia, 4 September 2014)

Course on how to estimate design variables in poorly gauged basins
(Delft, The Netherlands, 17-28 November 2014)

Sustainability and future - Thematic pole 4. Low carbon communities
(Fojnica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 27-28 August, 2014)

Partner meeting and discussion with German stakeholders in Munich
(Munich, Germany, 11th – 12th June 2014)

AIM project presented on the Alpstar project Final Conference
(Ljubljana, Slovenia, 27th May 2014)

Meeting with Kyoto Club
(Milan, Italy, 18 February 2014)

AIM leaflet and brochure
(Milan, Italy, 15 March 2014)

Brainstroming seminar with stakeholdes in Slovenia
(Ljubljana, 12-13 February 2014)

Experiences and perspectives of territorial cooperation in the Alps: the Alpine Convention and the Alpine Space Programme
(Gazzada Schiano, Italy, 26 November 2013)

Kick-off meeting and Brainstorming Seminar with stakeholders in Vienna
(Vienna, Austria, 20-21 November 2013)

Pre-Internal meeting in Milan
(Milan, Italy, 28-29 October 2013)

Meeting with SEAPAlps coordinator in Milan
(Milan, Italy, 10 October 2013)

SedAlp Advisory Board Meeting
(Feldkirch, Austria, 23-24 September 2013)

Lead Partner Seminar in Munich
(Munich, Germany, 10-11 September 2013)