However, they are still considered ‘the undervalued ecological backbone of Europe’, due to the inadequate knowledge about many aspects of these regions affecting their management.
MOVING will provide new collaborative tools for the definition of policies in mountain regions as well as guidelines for renewed policy options with a view to enhancing the connectivity, sustainability and resilience of these areas. It will be done in a bottom-up participatory process with VC actors, regional and European stakeholders and policy-makers.
MOVING will screen the VCs existing in the European mountain areas, and will assess in-depth 23 selected reference regions in 16 countries, which represent the wide diversity of mountain areas in Europe. For that, the project will build a European-wide Community of Practice (CoP) on Mountain VCs, based on Multi-actor Platforms (MaPs) that gather stakeholders, policy-makers and researchers, and involve them in the co-design and validation of all research outputs.