The PeakED project seeks to highlight the importance of conserving mountain ecosystems, recognising them as vital components of global biodiversity and sustainable development efforts. This project aims to catalyse socio-economic development in these unique landscapes. Utilising innovative approaches, in particular through the concept of living laboratories (LLs), it seeks to pioneer new methodologies specifically adapted to the particularities of mountain environments. Live Labs is a dynamic platform for collaboration and experimentation, facilitating the co-creation of solutions that address the multifaceted challenges faced by mountain communities. PeakED aims to act as an incubator for environmental citizenship, empowering individuals to actively participate in the management of mountain ecosystems. This holistic approach seamlessly aligns with global initiatives such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which highlights the urgent need to strengthen cooperation to combat desertification, land degradation, and biodiversity loss. By harnessing the collective expertise and cultural capital inherent in mountain regions, PeakED seeks to unlock the full potential of these landscapes, enhancing resilience and promoting sustainable development for generations to come.
The project aims to achieve several key impacts: firstly, introducing a novel training approach to support youth and local communities in European mountain regions, irrespective of regional differences. Additionally, fostering transnational partnerships among various organizations and stakeholders to enhance educational efficiency through innovative practices. Furthermore, facilitating the development of future joint projects by establishing a network of stable relationships among partners for project sustainability, integrating project outcomes into regional and national training initiatives, ensuring the quality, transferability, and ongoing relevance of project products, and publishing project information and results on European platforms like EPALE to inform policymakers, educators, and stakeholders. Lastly, disseminate project results through multiplier and national dissemination events to raise awareness of pertinent issues on local, regional, and national levels.
Innovation Hive is the coordinator of the project, leading the Project Management, Financial, and Quality & Evaluation issues. The organisation also leads the Green Strategies for the mountains areas, which are recommendations for a new generation of policies and strategies for Europe’s and neighboring mountain areas. Innovation Hive also leads the online meetings for the arrangement of the framework for all regional camps, while participating in all other project Work Packages and activities.