The Project

Mountains cover 36% of the European area and have an important role in the provision of public and private goods. Despite their relevance in both ecological and socioeconomic terms, we lack updated and comparable knowledge about many aspects of these regions affecting their management and sustainability.

A deeper understanding of how the context, trends and potential evolution of mountain communities, territories and businesses, is needed to design new policies that protect mountain areas from the existing threats of climate change, helping them to seize emerging opportunities.

MOVING (MOuntain Valorization through INterconnectedness and Green growth) aims to build capacities and co-develop – through a bottom-up participatory process that involves value chain actors, stakeholders and policy-makers – relevant policy frameworks across Europe for the establishment of new or upgraded/upscaled value chains that contribute to the resilience and sustainability of mountain areas to climate change.

This objective will be addressed by:

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Establishing a European-wide Community of Practice (CoP) on Mountain Value Chains, including actors from the Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation System (AKIS), value chain and policy-making stakeholders and society.

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Developing a conceptual and analytical framework that describes and interprets the diversity of Mountain Value Chains and assesses their contribution to the sustainability and resilience of mountain areas and their population.

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Providing visual tools to raise awareness of AKIS, value chain actors, civil society and policy-makers, about the diversity of land use and production systems of mountain areas, threats faced, bio-physical assets, their sustainability and resilience to climate change.

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Studying the configurations, strategies, dynamics, the value distribution of the value chains to assess their contribution to sustainability and resilience.

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Developing in-depth, participatory, critical benchmarking of clusters of Mountain Value Chains to identify enablers and blocking factors affecting the sustainability and resilience.

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Carrying out foresight exercises to capture and anticipate the long-term trends affecting mountain areas, co-constructing shared visions and strategies for a balanced mix of public and private goods.

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Elaborating an evidence-based policy roadmap and design to include performance-based recommendations for policy interventions that enhance the connectivity, sustainability and resilience of mountain regions.

Work packages and Deliverables

WP1: Integrating research with Dissemination, Exploitation, Communication and Outreach activities (AEIDL)

Objectives

  • To develop and implement a DECO strategy;
  • To organise, support and provide guidance to all partners in their DECO activities;
  • To animate and coordinate the MOVING CoP;
  • To set up and maintain an Internet-based Virtual Research Environment (VRE) to boost interaction among the targeted audiences, allowing co-creation and a participatory perspective;
  • To develop specific activities to engage young people and citizens.

Tasks

Task 1.1 Dissemination, exploitation, communication and outreach (DECO) strategy
Task 1.2 Website, visual identity and communication material
Task 1.3 Setting up and coordination of MOVING Community of Practice (CoP)
Task 1.4 Virtual Research Environment
Task 1.5 Engaging young people in MOVING activities
Task 1.6 MOVING mountains app

Deliverables

D1.1 DECO strategy (initial version)
D1.2 MOVING mountains app
D1.3 MOVING CoP design and implementation report
D1.4 DECO activity Report (Year 1-2)
D1.5 Youth engagement report
D1.6 DECO strategy (final version)
D1.7 DECO activity Report (Year 3-4)
D1.8 Practice Abstracts (1st batch)
D1.9 Practice Abstracts (2nd batch)

WP2: Conceptual and analytical framework (UNIPI)

Objectives:

  • To build the conceptual base to describe, classify and explain the diversity of mountain value chains;
  • To develop a shared vocabulary among partners;
  • To build an analytical framework;
  • To contribute to an improved theory of mountain value chains with a focus on the interface between science, society and policy-makers, RRI and gender dimensions;
  • To ground theoretically the main messages of MOVING disseminated by WP1.

Tasks

Task 2.1 Initial conceptual framework
Task 2.2 Analytical framework
Task 2.3 Participatory theory building
Task 2.4 Revised conceptual framework

Deliverables

D2.1 Conceptual and analytical framework (draft version)
D2.2 Initial set of Policy briefs
D2.3 Practice abstract: participatory theory building
D2.4 Conceptual framework (final version)
D2.5 Final set of Policy briefs

WP3: Development of visual science-society-policy interface tools (UEvora)

Objectives

  • To identify the diversity of land use systems (farming as well as forestry systems) in the reference regions;
  • To assess and map susceptibility of the reference regions to climate change, considering also their influence on ecological
  • disturbance regimes;
  • To assess and map the vulnerability of land use systems in the reference regions, to climate change and other relevant threats in each region, such as depopulation, increasing tourism infrastructures, or others;
  • To produce and provide interactive visual tools – especially maps and indicators – that deliver actual information on assets, sustainability, and resilience, and might contribute to awareness-raising of AKIS, value chain, civil society and policy-making actors in mountain areas.

Tasks

Task 3.1 Characterisation of the farming and forestry systems in mountain areas
Task 3.2 Assessment of farming and forestry systems’ susceptibility to climate change and related ecological disturbances
Task 3.3 Participatory vulnerability analysis of land systems
Task 3.4 Mapping of mountain areas vulnerabilities
Task 3.5 Data imaging and DSS tools

Deliverables

D3.1 Land use systems and land cover map in 23 the reference regions
D3.2 Land use systems vulnerability matrixes and vulnerability maps for the 23 reference regions
D3.3 Tools for science-society-policy interfaces

WP4: Participatory appraisal of vulnerability and performance of value chains (HUTTON)

Objectives

  • To identify and characterise 400 mountain VCs distributed across all the European mountain areas to account for the diversity in Europe, including configurations, strategies, dynamics and value distribution;
  • To categorise and select VCs in the reference regions based on their components, configurations and strategies; as well as their interdependencies;
  • To perform participatory analysis of how the selected VCs function within the regional socio-ecological system;
  • To perform participatory evaluation of the selected VC contribution to the region’s sustainability performance and trends;
  • To perform participatory appraisal of the VC contribution to the region’s resilience to change.

Tasks

Task 4.1 Inventory of Mountain Value Chains
Task 4.2 Guidelines and training of researchers
Task 4.3 Extended value chain analysis
Task 4.4 Participatory workshops in each region
Task 4.5 Vulnerability, sustainability assessment and resilience appraisal
Task 4.6 Upgrading strategies for the value chains

Deliverables

D4.1 Inventory of Mountain value chains
D4.2 List of selected value chains
D4.3 Report on participatory value chain analysis
D4.4 Digital Stories from each reference region
D4.5 Report on Vulnerability and Resilience Performance of 23 Reference Region Value Chains
D4.6 Global Upgrading Strategy
D4.7 Regional Practice Abstracts (each region will select the most salient theme)

WP5: Cross-case comparison and benchmarking (UCO)

Objectives

  • To perform a critical assessment of the VCs identified in WP4 based on the benchmarking indicators aligned with SDGs developed in WP2;
  • To identify relevant (5) clusters allowing to group typologies of VCs sharing characteristics;
  • To perform comparative analysis of the vulnerability, resilience and sustainability of VCs for each cluster;
  • To identify main success and failure factors against specific vulnerability contexts.

Tasks

Task 5.1 Identification of the thematic clusters
Task 5.2 Thematic cluster workplan
Task 5.3 Comparative assessment report of value chains

Deliverables

D5.1 Comparative cross-case report on Mountain Value Chains
D5.2 Policy Briefs

WP6: Participatory multi-level foresight (ORIGIN)

Objectives

  • To identify the socio-ecological drivers and game-changers (social dynamics, technology pathways, development strategies, policy environments) that will shape the future of mountain VCs by 2050;
  • To produce (4) H2050 scenario narratives based on potential future scenario frames to assess the strategic options for the evolution of mountain VCs at European and regional levels;
  • To conduct foresight exercises at local, cross-regional and pan-European levels;
  • To provide visions of future trends and dynamics that permit identifying policy gaps and policy modernisation needs;
  • To face the challenges identified in the scenarios.

Tasks

Task 6.1 Guidelines to foresight
Task 6.2 Local, cross-case and Pan-European foresight workshops
Task 6.3 Quantitative survey among the stakeholders
Task 6.4 Synthesis of the study cases

Deliverables

D6.1 Guidelines for the foresight exercise.
D6.2 Foresight report per reference region
D6.3 Synthesis report, including a Repertoire of Strategic Options

WP7: Policy analysis and roadmap (HCC)

Objectives

  • To develop an approach and detailed methodology for policy audit and policy formulation that is appropriate for supporting the design of future-proof rural policies;
  • To analyse and map the evolution and impact of public policies and private sector initiatives of relevance to mountain areas in contrasting contexts;
  • To apply and interpret the evidence gathered in WP4-6 to highlight existing policy gaps, inconsistencies and inefficiencies;
  • To develop interactively – together with the CoP – a clear strategic approach for the modernisation of multi-level policy tools/approaches that can be used (either individually or in combination) to enable the repertoire of strategic options developed in WP6;
  • To prepare in the form of easy-to-use strategic programming tools a Policy Roadmap and ‘Quick Start’ Policy Design;
  • Toolkit for policymakers and to enhance the impact of these tools by linking to the visual tools developed in WP3 and implemented in the VRE (WP1).

Tasks

Task 7.1 Guidelines for policy audit and identification of key concepts and policy options
Task 7.2 Identification and audit of existing policies
Task 7.3 Online stakeholder consultation
Task 7.4 Policy roadmap and policy design toolkit

Deliverables

D7.1 Policy Roadmap including the results of the Policy Audit and recommendations for a new generation of public policies and strategies for Europe’s mountain areas
D7.2 Policy Design Toolkit

WP8: Project management (UCO)

Objectives

  • To provide overall technical and scientific direction and to drive the progress of the project, steering efforts of the partners for the achievement of milestones and ensuring that the work is undertaken with appropriate quality levels;
  • To elaborate a project management handbook defining the rules of financial-admin management as well as the common general procedures for deliverables and related reports of the project;
  • To perform exhaustive progress monitoring to avoid deviations and facilitate the execution of the project;
  • To ensure that the project is not hampered by ethical problems and respects all relevant international and national regulations;
  • To comply with the HORIZON 2020 rules in terms of financial and administrative issues;
  • To organise and participate in coordination meetings on a regular basis;
  • To define clear Data Management and IPR policies allowing a joint exploitation of the results while avoiding conflicts among partners;
  • To foster synergies with other complementary EU projects.

Tasks

Task 8.1 Consortium operating procedures definition & quality assurance
Task 8.2 Project coordination and day-to-day management
Task 8.3 Consortium meetings
Task 8.4 Workshops coordination
Task 8.5 Clustering and interactions with other projects
Task 8.6 Data management

Deliverables

D8.1 Report of the Kick-Off Meeting
D8.2 Handbook on management.
D8.3 Data Management Plan (initial version)
D8.4 Report of the Consortium Meeting (Month 7)
D8.5 Report of the Consortium Meeting (Month 13)
D8.6 Report of the Consortium Meeting (Month 19)
D8.7 Data Management Plan (midterm version)
D8.8 Report of the Consortium Meeting (Month 25)
D8.9 Report of the Consortium Meeting (Month 31)
D8.10 Report of the Consortium Meeting (Month 37)
D8.11 Report of the Consortium Meeting (Month 42)
D8.12 Data Management Plan (final version)
D8.13 Clustering and synergies with other EU projects
D8.14 Report of the final Consortium Meeting (Month 48)