Taking a Value Chain lens onto Mountain Socio-Ecological Systems

Jun 24, 2021

The most relevant value chains (VCs) in the 23 Reference Regions have been selected by combining the insights from MOVING conceptual framework with the Inventory of Mountain Value Chains developed in the project. This selection represents the assemblage of VCs within the socio-ecological region.

Each value chain provides a lens into the sustainability of the European mountain region. These VCs have been picked out to provide a diversity of products, but also a diversity of learning opportunities, from established commodities to emerging niche products and from multinational to grass-roots collective governance models.

The 23 cases cover different thematic cluster: (i) livestock and fish; (ii) plant-based products; (iii) alcohol and soft drinks; (iv) rural tourism; (v) wood/forestry; (vi) traditional artifacts; (vii) water; (viii) public goods and (ix) energy.

Once the value chains have been chosen, the work planned from now until Spring 2023, led by James Hutton Institute, will assess how each value chain functions. It will focus on the social practices involved along the chain from the underpinning land use system to the final consumption of the product.

Part of this assessment will include how each value chain interacts with other value chains in the same mountain region, and with other territories. Overall, the assessment will consider in what ways the value chain (and its interdependencies) are vulnerable to climate and other changes, and how to ensure resilience.

Each region is currently convening their regional Multi-Actor Platform (MAP), ensuring a diversity of voices involved in their value chains to co-construct future recommendations to protect or improve the sustainability of each value chain.

Together, the 23 value chain products would make a delicious feast and showcase the best of what European mountains can offer.

This material has been informed by Kirsty Blackstock from the James Hutton Institute and MOVING partner.