Adapting Innovation in Grassland Management to Farmers' Needs to Face Social and Climatic Changes


Lofoten Island
From Sunday September 9th 2018 at 14:30
To Wednesday September 12th 2018 at 14:00
Friday June 1st 2018 at 23:00


The FAO-CIHEAM subnetwork on Mountain Pastures aims to share scientific and technical knowledge on mountain pastures and livestock farming, for which it organizes biennial meetings in singular European mountain areas.
The 20th Meeting of the subnetwork will be held at Ballstad (68.4 0N, 13.3 0E). It is a small fishing village in the Lofoten Islands, Nordland county, Norway. The village is located about 11 km east of Leknes airport, 27 km from Stamsund where Hurtigruten arrives and about 170 km from Bodø international airport, of which 94 km by boat.


Background and objective

The challenges and opportunities facing mountainous regions worldwide are plentiful, and involve aspects of sustainable food production, food safety, cultural and biological diversity, spatial management, encroachment and fragmentation, wilderness policies, indigenous culture and climate change, to mention some. The need to understand how these regions are subject to rapid and cascading effects from a number of social, economic and environmental drivers of change, is therefore critical.

The 20th Meeting of FAO-CIHEAM subnetwork on Mountain Pastures in Ballstad will discuss innovation in mountain grasslands as an important way forward towards sustainable grassland and rangeland science and management. A main focus will be on the opportunities and challenges connected to sustainable pastoralism and livestock farming, which today are influenced by unprecedented rates of climate and environmental change, institutional restructuring, use-protection conflicts, and human activities. To meet these challenges and transform threats into opportunities, the meeting will address the following issues:

  • technical innovation and transfer of tools/new technologies to farmers;
  • innovative grassland management and monitoring;
  • product added value and footprints of productions processes;
  • mountain-pastoral cultural landscapes as an opportunity to develop agriculture-tourism interrelations;
  • farmers’ social role;
  • grass-fed foods to fulfill societal demands for quality, environmental-friendly production and consumers’ security;
  • climate changes and pastoral sustainability.

Optimizing these aspects requires a transdisciplinary approach, which combines research and development on ecology, animal, social and environmental issues. Exchanging information on these aspects is the overall objective of this meeting.



10 May 2018 – Extended abstract (template on the web site) Abstract template   

Please send abstract to:

1 June 2018 – Acceptance of the extended abstract and early bird registration (payment to benefit from the reduced rate)

15 July 2018 – Full rate registration


Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research - NIBIO, Nordland Research Institute and Norwegian Agricultural Advice Lofoten, will organize the meeting.

Registration fees / scholarships / accommodation

Before 1 June 2018 registration fees will be 3500,- NOK for senior experts and 2500,- NOK for young rewarded researchers (below 35 years), after which fees will be 4500,- NOK.
Fees include attendance to the conference, coffee breaks, lunches, social evening, field trip and all the transfers. Accommodation and travel expenses are additional. The mode of payment will be indicated in the Second Announcement. 

The organisers will award a limited number of scholarships to partly cover registration fees, accommodation and travel expenses for young participants with contributions accepted by the Scientific Committee. Candidatures have to be submitted through the online registration system including a short 1-page Curriculum Vitae.

Participants will be accommodated at their own expense in a partner typical Norwegian hut. However, they will have either the possibility to book directly the accommodation using registration procedure or book other hotels in the area. Of course, we encourage booking the suggested accommodations to create a convivial environment and improve human relations.  

The meeting will be held at Kraemmervika Rorbuer

It will last three and a half days, providing a forum for scientific and technical exchanges and a one-day field trip.  

Abstract template

Please send abstract to: before May 10th. For full registration once you have received feedback from the scientific group.

How to return from Lofoten:

It is possible to return from Lofoten either by airplane or by boat or ferry. Timetables and information is available at the following links.

Flight from Leknes or Svolvær (

Ferry or boats (





Lofoten Island
From Sunday September 9th 2018 at 14:30
To Wednesday September 12th 2018 at 14:00
Friday June 1st 2018 at 23:00
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The scientific sessions will concist of keynotes presented by guest speakers and free contributions as oral presentations, speed presentation (2' pitch-elevator) or posters.

The working language of the meeting will be English.

Abstract template

Please send abstract to:


  • Sunday 9th September

  • Meeting at Bodø international airport or Bodø harbor

  • 15.00

    Boarding Hurtigruten boat trip Bodø (dep. 15:00) - Stamsund (Lofoten arr. 19:00)

  • 17.30

    Early welcome dinner on board

  • Meeting registration - Opening ceremony

  • Evening

    • Accommondation at Ballstad

  • Monday 10th September

  • Morning


    Opening session

    • Bioeconomy in Norway - role of the land-based sectors including mountain pasture

              Per Stålnacke, Research director NIBIO

    • “Lofotlam” – from local specialty to brand

              Gustav Karlsen, NLR Lofoten and Finn-Arne Haugen, NIBIO

    Session 1 – Innovation in grassland management and moniotoring

    • Internet of Things and Agrisulture. Proximal sensoring and Grass8 system for a sustainable management of pastures

              Riccardo Beltramo, University of Turin

    • Author contribution

  • Afternoon

    Session 2 – Linking agropastoral sustainability with agricultural policies and human activities

    • Livestock - carnivore conflicts; the impact of production and livelihood
              Inger Hansen, NIBIO
    • Author contribution

  • Tuesday 11th September

  • 08.30 - 18.30

    Field trip to sheep farmers and cultural sites

  • Evening

    Social Evening at Lofotr Viking Museum

    • Social Evening at Lofoten Viking Museum

  • Wednesday 12th September

  • Morning

    Session 3 – Strategies to reduce the causes and mitigate the effects of climate changes on agropastoral systems

    • Starting with drought: process and tools to co-develop drought plans for rangelands
               Mitch McClaran, University of Arizona
    • Author contribution
    • Journal of Mountain Science: an important platform for publishing mountain research achivements

              Qiu Dunlian, Executive Editor-in-Chief Journal of Mountain Science

  • 14.00

    Summarizing and Closing session

Organizing Committee

 Dr. Vibeke Lind and Dr. Grete M. Jørgensen (NIBIO), Dr. Ingrid Bay-Larsen, Dr. Camilla Røsvoll and Dr. Aase Kristine Lundberg (Nordland Research Institute), Mr. Gustav Karlsen (NLR)


Scientific Committee

Alain Peeters, RHEA, Belgium (Coordinator FAO-CIHEAM Network on Pasture and Forage Crops)

Giampiero Lombardi, Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy (Coordinator FAO-CIHEAM Sub-Network on Mountain Pastures)

Isabel Casasús, CITA-Aragón, Spain

Margalida Joy, CITA-Aragón, Spain

Daniel Villalba, Universitat de Lleida, Spain

Eric Mosimann, Parc Jura Vaudois, Switzerland

Giovanni Peratoner, Laimburg Research Centre, Italy

Manuel K. Schneider, Agroscope Zurich, Switzerland

Michele Lonati, Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy

Bruno Martin, INRA Clermont-Ferrand, France

Erich M. Pötsch, Agricultural Research and Education Centre Raumberg-Gumpenstein, Austria

Vibeke Lind, NIBIO Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research, Norway

Grete Meisfjord Jørgensen, NIBIO Norwegian Instiute of Bioeconomy Research, Norway

Tzach Glasser, Ramat Hanadiv Nature Park, Israel




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Scientific topics

Submission of scientific contributions

In line with other international congresses and to encourage the presentation of original results, authors will submit a one page extended abstract using online procedure. The acceptance of an extended abstract implies that it will actually be presented at the meeting by one of the co-authors. No full-papers will be requested and meeting proceedings will not be published. However, we have find an agreement with the Journal of Mountain Science ( )for the publication of some selected papers, after the meeting, in an issue edited by meeting organizers (information about the procedure will be supplied in next announcements or on the website).

Submission procedure

While filling the online preliminary registration form participants will be requested to propose a title of their contribution and a take-home message for conveners, i.e. a very short description (15-20 words) of what they would like to communicate to the other participants.

The extended abstracts will be submitted at a second stage uploading a MSWord file prepared using the template that will be available through the online system. Authors will have to indicate their preference for one of the topics of the meeting and for one of the three presentation forms: oral presentation, 2-3’ speed presentation, poster.

The ‘take-home message’ and extended abstract either have to be written in English.

All the extended abstracts will be reviewed by the International Scientific Committee and assigned to one of the sessions. ISC will also define the final meeting program and attribute each abstract an oral presentation, speed presentation or a poster.


Session 1: Innovation in grassland management and monitoring
The session will deal with new grassland management strategies, including new tools for herd management (e.g. virtual fences), for grassland monitoring (e.g. drones and proximal sensoring) and the new research findings to support such strategies and preserve or improve biodiversity and the other ecosystem services.

Session 2: Linking agropastoral sustainability with agricultural policies and human activities
This session will focus on the large number of goods and services provided by mountain agropastoral systems and their link with the society, related human activities (e.g. tourism), and the policy tools to support them. Possible conflicts (e.g. large carnivores and sheep meat production) and constraints affecting ecosystem service delivery will also be considered.

Session 3: Strategies to reduce the causes and mitigate the effects of climate changes on agropastoral systems
This session will deal with the effects of climate changes on agropastoral systems and vice versa. Strategies for agriculture and livestock system adaptation and to reduce the impact of practices and production processes on CO2, CH4 and other GHG emissions will be discussed.