The key aim of the different IRIS project training courses, workshops and activities was to contribute to building capacity of future professionals and different stakeholders in the studied upland landscapes, including policy makers, administrators, natural/cultural operators, heritage holders and maintainers, etc., to implement a living heritage approach in their locality.

Target groups were university students and different stakeholders from local, regional and national level, linked with a certain upland landscape locality, including among others local communities, civil society organizations, heritage holders and creators, policy makers, administrators, natural/cultural operators, media, and business representatives.

The approach implemented focused on the idea that building capacity of different stakeholders is not just through the transfer of knowledge from “experts” to them, but also through their direct involvement in transversal dialogues between the different actors including researchers. Like this, in many cases, different key actors of the different territories provided presentations as well as contributions in discussions and work groups, around the case study areas and thematics treated in our project. At the same time, in some cases it was also possible to learn from other study sites in Europe thanks to a trans-national in-person events. At the same time, as a legacy, we leave the website as an open archive for everyone to use, at the same time that it contains this section with a diverse array of training materials that anyone can follow, and that will allow anyone to engage with the findings and ideas behind the IRIS project.

The concept is to provide the elements of the different trial courses, that then can be used as a model for other areas available as training materials on the IRIS website for all interested publics.

  • A key and particularly vast training was organized in the case study area of Sinjajevina in Montenegro, linked with the Final conference of the IRIS project from 19-21 October 2023. It consisted in three parts: 1.- Field visit to the case study area of Sinjajevina, 2.-Training workshop for key actors related to the case study area of Sinjajevina and 3.- Presentations of the results and analysis from the other IRIS case study areas.
  • Training courses were organized in other case study areas of the IRIS project countries: Italy, France, Spain, United Kingdom.
  • For each country, a summary of the training course, as well as useful materials of the training courses are also provided online. They can be used as learning information, as well as inspiration to organize training courses of this type in other areas.

Basic information about all training courses and relevant materials can be found here: