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MOVING - MOuntain Valorization through INterconnectedness and Green growth (2020-2024)

In Europe, mountain ranges cover 36% of the continent
Map of Europe's mountains
The overall objective of MOVING is to build capacities and co-develop — in a bottom-up participatory process with 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 resilience and sustainability of mountain areas.

Project Overview

MOVING (MOuntain Valorization through INterconnectedness and Green growth) is a Horizon 2020 project (2020-2024) coordinated by the University of Córdoba. The overall objective of MOVING is to build capacities and co-develop — in a bottom-up participatory process with 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 resilience and sustainability of mountain areas.

The project consortium met virtually on 14-16 September 2020, with Hutton social scientists contributing to many aspects of the project. Dr Kirsty Blackstock (Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences) is coordinating a work package focussing on ‘participatory appraisal of vulnerability and performance of value chains’, bringing together experiences from across 23 mountain regions in Europe to share good practice about how to protect the social and environmental assets in mountains from future threats including climate change and depopulation.

Hutton researchers will also be shaping the conceptual approach of the project, running youth events, and contributing to the analysis of climate change and future scenarios. Specifically, they will identify a range of traditional (livestock production, winter sports) and innovative (nature tourism, food and drink tourism) value chains in the Scottish Highlands and will select one case to analyse more fully.

The MOVING partners are:

  • University of Córdoba (UCO), Spain
  • University of Pisa (UNIPI), Italy
  • Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), Switzerland
  • Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (CZU), Czechia
  • Highclere Consulting (HCC), Romania
  • University of Evora (UEvora), Portugal
  • The James Hutton Institute, United Kingdom
  • National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE), France
  • European Association for Information on Local Development (AEIDL), Belgium
  • National Research Council (CNR), Italy
  • Interdisciplinary Research Centre (IFZ), Austria
  • University of Crete (UOC), Greece
  • University of Molise (UNIMOL), Italy
  • Origin of Sustainability (ORIGIN), Switzerland
  • Community of Communes of the Drôme Valley (CCVD), France
  • Mena Group (MENA), Serbia
  • Association of European Regions for Products of Origin (AREPO), France
  • Stichting Connecting Natural Values and People Foundation (CNVP), Netherlands
  • Vinidea (VIN), Italy
  • EGE University (EGE), Turkey
  • Kriti (PERIFEREIA), Greece
  • Association for the Development of the Guadajoz and East Countryside of Córdoba (ADEGUA), Spain
  • RURAL Sociological and Communication (Rural Bt), Hungary

Key Hutton contacts

For more information about MOVING, read the project press release or visit the project website.

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