The 14th International Conference of European Society for Ecological Economics (ESEE) took place in Pisa from June 14 to 17. During the event, a special session focused on the science-policy-society interface for resilient and sustainable rural development was celebrated to present the participatory approaches in three different Horizon 2020 projects: MOVING, SHERPA and DESIRA.
As part of the H2020 MOVING project, a research team from the Czech University of Life Sciences (CZU) coordinates the mountain reference region called Šumava – Cesky Les. Research activities are facilitated in a Multi-Actor Platform by cooperation with local stakeholders, including a wide network of individuals and organisations.
During the first two years of the project, the Drôme Valle Multi-Actor Platform (MAP) mobilised 70 key actors at local and regional level. In addition, twenty interviews and a workshop were conducted to share vulnerabilities and problems and to identify ways of supporting this value chain.
As part of the activities to analyse the value chain of the organic mountain olive grove in the Sierras Subbéticas Cordobesas (Spain), ADEGUA, one of the partners of the MOVING project, requested the opinion of several experts in the field on the vulnerability and sustainability of this value chain.
WP6 focuses on Participatory multi-level foresight. It is led by Origin For Sustainability (Forum ODT).
From May 2022, foresight exercises will be developed at regional, cross-regional and pan-European levels. Regional foresight analysis will be conducted in the 23 MOVING Reference Regions by creating a participatory co-learning and co-design framework between stakeholders and researchers.
The 7th CERVIM International Congress of Mountain and Steep Slopes Viticulture, held from 12 to 14 May in Vila Real (Portugal), was a very special opportunity to share the needs of the MOVING project and to assess the perceptions of local actors on the vulnerability of the wine value chains.
The European-funded Montana174 project has published a set of educational factsheets illustrating the resources that the 2021-2027 Cohesion Policy will channel in mountain areas via the Operational Programmes as well as Interreg Programmes.
UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme organised the first activity of the World Network for Mountain Biosphere Reserves (WNMBR), which will be focused on creating research opportunities and supporting knowledge exchanges on environmental and social issues relevant to mountain biosphere reserves.
Can technology and innovation be promoted in mountain areas? The answer is yes, as long as there is a collaboration between research, industry and policymaking to prioritise and attract young entrepreneurs.
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