The COST Project MARGISTAR was approved in May 2022 (COST Action CA21125) and the networking of the partners started with the Management Committee Meeting in November 2022. The COST Action will be implemented in 26 European participating countries with the aim of supporting networking between research institutions and practitioners aiming at overcoming the marginalisation of mountain areas. Innovative actions will be developed through a series of physical and virtual meetings over the project period of 4 years. From this cooperation, innovative implementation strategies for marginalised mountain areas are to be elaborated, which are to enable attractive development paths and environmentally sensitive adaptation processes on the basis of new technological possibilities.
The networking work is carried out in three working groups, one group responsible for the coordination and networking of the partner institutions involved (working group 1), a second group which analyses analyses for overcoming marginalisation on the basis of local initiatives and implementations using concrete regional examples (working group 2) and the third group which supports the institutional processing capacities and the utilisation of the analysis results (working group 3). A common platform ("FAIRWAY in Europe"), to which social actors, scientists and relevant stakeholders will have access, will provide an overview of practical implementation and good practice examples in Europe. This platform will also be available for later networking and experiences for the mountain development of Europe's regions and will provide important starting points for designing strategies to overcome problems of peripheral areas.
The project is based on a common understanding that identifies shortcomings in the development and conception of mountain area development programmes to date. These relate in particular to a defensive or negative view of the development opportunities of mountain areas, which is referred to as the theoretical "peripherality trap". Through the networking of these COST activities, experiences are to be exchanged between the participating countries, especially with regard to the practical implementation of relevant initiatives and policy programmes in mountain areas. The aim is to ensure that the platform established during the project period is maintained after the end of the project and provides a basis for cooperation between European mountain regions.
Planned procedure and implementation
The COST project was launched with the Management Committee Meeting in November 2022. The project is planned to run for 4 years, during which the content and approaches to promoting mountain regions will be exchanged, mainly through meetings of the working groups. As a COST activity, not the research work itself, but only networking activities (via project meetings or exchange visits) will be financed.
The BAB is represented in the Management Committee and can thus participate in the planning of the COST Initiative's work and take part in the corresponding meetings. In this way, relevant results and contributions from other BAB research projects can be presented and disseminated.
Project start: 11/ 2022
Project end: 12/2026
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