New studies on the role of mobile pastoralism in conservation

MAVA partners working on the “Cultural Landscapes” (M6) action plan, under the leadership of Yolda Initiative from Turkey, have produced the report “Mobile Pastoralism in Mediterranean Landscapes: The state of (mobile) pastoralism in five pilot sites”. The report, prepared collaboratively with project implementers in five pilot sites, describes the state of pastoralism and how partner organisations support maintenance of this practice at the landscape level, based on evidence of its role in biodiversity and ecosystem conservation. The report is expected to raise awareness in the respective countries, and regionally in the Mediterranean, about the importance of mobile pastoralism in landscape conservation and the role that MAVA-supported projects play to support it.

DiversEarth produced, in collaboration with Equilibrium Research, the report “Mobile Pastoralism and the World Heritage Convention” – a scoping study on the presence of mobile pastoralism (transhumance, nomadic and semi-nomadic pastoralism) in World Heritage sites and its contribution to the maintenance of healthy ecosystems in those valuable natural areas. The report aims to inform the conservation community about the function of pastoral communities in World Heritage conservation, and to promote creative celebration of their knowledge and ways of life.

The two reports are part of the efforts deployed by the partners working on this action plan to advance knowledge about how cultural practices of traditional human communities have shaped the natural landscapes and contribute to their conservation. In the face of rapid change in rural landscapes that threatens ecosystems and traditional communities, this new knowledge helps make the case for conservation of cultural practices that are at the roots of Mediterranean landscapes and cultures.

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