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Mountain Trip : Mountain Sustainability: Transforming Research into Practice


The main of this project goal was to provide stakeholders, end-users and practitioners with readily accessible and understandable forms of research-based information relevant to sustainable development in mountain regions. Mountain TRIP started where other EU projects have finished, translating research findings into useful information and developing relationships between users and researchers. Research projects often produce valuable results, methods, tools and instruments, but at the end of the project neither time nor money remain to disseminate these results among practitioners and to the interested public. Furthermore, research results usually exist in forms recognized by the research community but not easily or quickly assimilated by communities of practice. Mountain.TRIP wanted to close the gap that currently exists between EU project findings and the needs of policy- and decision-makers, stakeholders in economy and environment, planners and administrators, non-governmental organisations, end-users, and other members of groups representing the interests of citizens and industry of the most important mountain regions of Europe. Mountain.TRIP did not want just to disseminate research results, but will rather synthesize results from multiple EU funded projects while adapting the format of that synthesis through continuous interaction with practitioners to meet their needs.
The mountain.TRIP projects has resulted in several outcomes:

  • Synthesis of selected EU-funded projects and dissemination of that synthesis in adapted formats
  • Tools to enhance communication between science and practice
  • Recommendations for improving communication and dissemination of project results.

The recommendations document starts off with a summary of observations and recommendations, followed by suggestions on how to implement them. Although such recommendations are mainly based on our findings from research projects funded mainly through the EU Framework Programme (FP) and Interreg C programmes, most are also valid for other programmes (IEE, Eco-innovation, Interreg A and B, national programmes, etc.). In addition to the recommendations, the document “Implementing the core findings and recommendations - The road to follow: first steps” presents three concrete proposals for actions to enhance communication. These actions should be implemented as soon as possible; some EU stakeholders have already volunteered to lead on some of them.

Project information

Austrian Academy of Science (AT)

Austrian Academy of Science (AT), Perth College in Scotland (UK), Euromontana (BE), Ecologic Institute (DE), Jagiellonian University (PL), Mountain Research Initiative (CH)

Source of funding
FP 7

Reference information



decision makers, mountain regions, recommendations, research findings, stakeholders



Climate impacts

Droughts, Extreme Temperatures, Flooding, Ice and Snow, Storms, Water Scarcity


Adaptation Measures and Actions


Agriculture, Biodiversity, Buildings, Disaster Risk Reduction, Energy, Forestry, Health, Water management

Geographic characterization


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