Project IMPETUS Mountains Survey Launched
MRI News
article written by MRI
29.04.22 | 12:04

Help shape climate change adaptations in Valle dei Laghi and the wider Trentino-Alto Adige region by providing your expertise via this IMPETUS survey.

Residents and experts working in the Valle dei Laghi and wider Trentino-Alto Adige region have the opportunity to contribute to a major project that is testing and creating solutions to help the valley adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Five organisations are establishing a test site as part of the flagship EU-funded project, IMPETUS: Eurac Research, Waterjade by MobyGIS S.r.l., BIM Sarca-Mincio-Garda Consortium, Cantina Toblino S.c.a. and the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI), which is providing support and expertise through GEO Mountains. To launch a varied programme of activities in which members of the public, researchers, environmental groups, industry, media, and other interested parties can get involved, these organisations invite those living, working, or doing business in the region to share knowledge, expertise, concerns, and ideas in a fact-finding survey.

With a 14.8 million euro budget, IMPETUS is a 4-year programme to accelerate Europe’s response to climate change. The Valle dei Laghi site is the IMPETUS project’s ‘Mountains’ case study, one of 7 sites in different bioclimatic regions across Europe where innovative solutions that build resilience to climate change will be tested and demonstrated; others are in Germany, Greece, Norway, Spain, Latvia and the Netherlands.

Economic impacts

The Alps, and mountains in general, are recognised hotspots for climate change, with temperatures raising far beyond the average. Rapid climate change impacts will very likely exacerbate existing conflicts in the Valle dei Laghi area regarding water and land usage, with potential economic impacts on local agriculture, food and wine production, hydropower, forestry, and tourism. Rapid transition to sustainable and integrated water management, biodiversity conservation, and disaster risk reduction are needed in order to adapt to such impacts

Be part of the climate-change solution

The Mountains demonstration site in Valle dei Laghi will offer local citizens, businesses, industry, media, and civil society representatives opportunities to take part in a variety of activities with multidisciplinary research teams and environmental policy makers, with the goal of establishing a more permanent cooperative effort in the region. Together, these local participants can help create tools and information that capture and share knowledge in order to address the regional climate-change challenges in an appropriate and effective way. Successful solutions will influence local policy making and have the potential to be re-used in other Italian or European regions, to help communities become more resilient and adapt to climate change impacts.

Your survey responses will help shape climate change adaptations for long-lasting benefits in the region. Based on your survey responses, the IMPETUS partners will offer local citizens, businesses, industry, media, and civil society representatives further opportunities to take part in project activities. By participating in activities to co-create relevant solutions, local representatives can ensure that regional economic, social, and cultural factors are taken into account and contribute to locally beneficial climate adaptations and the wider IMPETUS goals for a climate-neutral and sustainable future.

Available in Italian, German, and English, this 15-minute survey will form the basis for activities to help the local community adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Take the Valle dei Laghi Survey!

IMPETUS: Turning climate commitments into action

Launched on 1 October 2021, IMPETUS has the objective of turning climate commitments into tangible, urgent actions to protect communities and the planet. The IMPETUS project consortium consists of 32 partner organisations from 9 European countries. The 4-year programme is part of a wider set of projects that support the European Union’s ambitions to become the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050. IMPETUS is working in close collaboration with sister climate-change projects REGILIENCE, ARSINOE, and TransformAr. The IMPETUS project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme in the Green Deal call, under grant agreement No 101037084.

To find out more about IMPETUS and its Mountains demo site, local climate-change risks and solutions, follow the project on Twitter or LinkedIn and visit the website