MOVING partners met in Saignelégier, Switzerland, on 17 and 18 October 2022, for the first in-person Steering Committee meeting since the beginning of the project during the pandemic.
It was the opportunity to take stock of the progress achieved during the first two years of the project and discuss the next steps, as well as to learn more about the Swiss Jura value chain.
The project has made good development in the last few years and a significant part of research has already been carried out.
The first day was dedicated to review the Conceptual and Analytical Framework and the vulnerability and resilience performance of the 23 MOVING Reference Region Value Chains. A workshop on the participation in regional Multi Actor Platforms (MAPs) was also organized. Participants discussed how to keep MAP members involved, how to co-create and co-work with local stakeholders, as well as the advantages and difficulties of the stakeholder engagement process.
The first day’s activities ended with a session on MOVING value chains and another on MOVING regions. These presentations were carried out through a poster session and a series of videos, respectively.
The second day focused on youth engagement activities and scientific publications to further disseminate the results provided by MOVING so far.
Furthermore, it was the occasion to deal with activities and objectives of work packages that will develop further over the next months and in which AREPO will be involved: Cross-case comparison and benchmarking (WP5); Participatory multi-level foresight (WP6) and Policy analysis and roadmap (WP7).
The afternoon saw the participation of the MOVING Advisory Board members: Guillaume Corradino (Euromontana) and Riccardo Crescenzi (London School of Economics). Both shared insights on the challenges of resilience and sustainability that mountain areas face and on the global opportunities for innovation development in rural areas.
The MOVING Community of Practice will continue to carry out various stakeholder engagement activities, and thematic actions such as organising the second EU MAP webinar on European Quality schemes – the added value for mountain value chains, which will take place on 8 November 2022, from 9.30 to 1.15 (CET).
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MOVING receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 862739.
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