International Conference on Sustainable Agriculture and 
Rural Development in Mountain Regions (SARD)
16-20 June 2002, Adelboden, Switzerland

Highlights for Wednesday, 19 June 2002 

On Wedensday, participants embarked on working excursions to view and experience the current projects and initiatives on sustainable agriculture in the Swiss Mountain region surrounding Adelboden. One of the excursions took the participants to Entlebuch, a UNESCO designated Biosphere reserve. The full day excursion hosted by REGIO+ included visits to core protected areas and farms in the Entlebuch Biosphere reserve. Above photos L-R: Participants being oriented on the Entlebuch landscape, Engelbert Ross, Scientific Director of the Entlebuch UNESCO Biosphere reserve (center) gave the orientation and acted as the guide of the reserve.

Photo diary of the Entlebuch excursion: 

Above photos L-R: Participants boarded the bus early morning and promptly left for Entlebuch at 7:30 am, Bus stopping at a rest stop near the Entlebuch boundary.

Above photos (clockwise): Dr. Ruoss showing a map of the different core protected areas of Entlebuch, Christoph B÷bner, Director of the Bildungsdepartament gave on overview of the agricultural structure and situation of the region encompassing Entelbuch, Participants listening to a presentation in a barn, Dr. B÷bner wrapping up the lecture.

Above photos: Christian Schnider, Farmer, hosted lunch for the delegates at his farm, Delegates enjoying lunch made from fresh produce from Schnider's farm, Franz Schnider, preparing lunch at his kitchen, Delegates queuing up for the sumptuous lunch. Below L-R: Sustainable Developments writer Lavanya Rajamani with delegates from India and Sri Lanka, Christian Schnider giving information about his farm to delegates
Above Photos (clockwise): Mr and Mrs. Peter Hofstetter, Sheep from the farm that produce Emscha sheep milk yogurt, Lavanya Rajamani touring the farm.
Above photos (clockwise): George Hofstetter, Farmer, pioneered the making of soft cheese in the Entlebuch Biosphere reserve, Hosfstetter showing the delegates cheese production equipments, Scraping and cleaning of cheese, Cheese cellar. Left photo: Delegates sample cheese from the farm
Above photos L-R: Miguel Angel Nu˝ez, Venezuela taking a rest, Delegates boards the bus to head back to Adelboden

Official Website of SARD-Mountains Conference
Sustainable Developments coverage of the launching of the International Year of the Mountains
Official Website of the International Year of Mountains
FAO and the International Year of Mountains
Mountain Institute

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