Many anthropogenic and environmental factors challenge the survival and sustainability of these valuable ecosystems. The younger generation inheriting these broken systems needs to transform current production models into cost-efficient operations that work with nature, not against it. They will have to lower input costs, find alternative sources of income, recycle resources, stimulate natural regeneration, improve soil and increase farm productivity so that their land can become economically and environmentally sustainable.
1. Combat the loss of natural regeneration and soil degradation in 100 ha of degraded silvopastoral areas by providing effective, mosaic landscape management procedures and improving soil quality
2. Recover the practice of multi-species rotational grazing, adapted to improve natural capital and optimize commercial advantages
3. Recycle biomass waste within the farm, reducing external input of fodder and creating alternative sources of income
4. Replicate the project’s best practices to 5,000 ha in Spain, Italy & Portugal, proving it is a representative, effective model
5. Integrate new technologies and monitoring of project advances
6. Influence policy-making and involve external stakeholders to promote replication and long-term sustainability
Duration: 01-09-2017 until 29-10- 2021.
Total Budget: 2,209,203.00 €
EU grant amount: 1,306,117.00 €