Reconnect to Nature

75%

of Europeans live in urban areas.

When we lose our connection to the land, we care less about nature and the lives of others.

Be #RootedEveryday

Reconnect to Nature

75% of Europeans live in urban areas.

When we lose our connection to the land, we care less about nature and the lives of others.

Be #RootedEveryday

Bring back balance

Feeling a connection to nature and our roots is as important to the environment as it is to our health and wellbeing. How can we truly understand the true value of Mediterranean if we don’t travel further than the cities? Learning about the environment, culture and history is interconnected.

Feeling connected to nature means caring more for the earth. It’s quite simple, if you feel connected to something you’re less likely to hurt it. Awareness nurtures our identity, sense of self and develops personal responsibility.

Through the work of our partners and with your support we can take action against the loss of biodiversity caused by habitat destruction, chemical pollution, invasive species and climate change. Our projects support local people to adopt and continue a sustainable way of life in the Mediterranean through forest protection, land restoration, and soil and water management.

Together we can change the way our homes and businesses use natural resources to preserve culture, heritage, plants and animal species which are vital for food production, clean water, clean air and medicine.

What could you do to be more #RootedEveryday?

Many Paths, One Mediterranean

Being part of #RootedEveryday is saying ‘YES’ to caring for the earth and being fair to the people whose direct livelihoods depend on it. Find out more about our mission to reverse the loss of biodiversity that occurs when Mediterranean cultural practices that have existed for generations stop.

You Do the Maths

4000 employees working in 1 big business or 1000 small businesses = 4000 employees.

But are the results the same?

We can do better for people and planet if we support Mediterranean rural entrepreneurs to make a sustainable living and protect nature from big business. 

#RootedEveryday

Supporting Small-Scale Farmers as Food Systems are Under Serious Threat

28 August 2020 | Overarching Initiatives

In the dehesas and montados of Spain and Portugal, as the COVID-19 crisis revealed the vulnerability of production systems, project partners WWF Spain, Asociación Trashumancia y Naturaleza and WWF Portugal responded by advocating for support from the government for small scale farmers, while continuing efforts to promote sustainably-produced food.

Results from Years of Research on Biological and Cultural Diversity in the Moroccan High Atlas now Available in an Online Database

28 August 2020 | Overarching Initiatives

In the Moroccan High Atlas, the Global Diversity Foundation launched an integrative and living biocultural database for those interested in learning about the rich biological and cultural diversity in the region, developed and distributed a colourful booklet on local and useful plant products, and distributed medicinal and aromatic plants to High Atlas families.

New Resources Feature Benefits and Value of Cultural Practices

28 August 2020 | Overarching Initiatives

Two new resources are available online: “Links between agricultural practices and biodiversity in Mediterranean Landscapes” (report and factsheet) documents cases across our pilot landscapes and the Mediterranean basin, while “the legacy of the land” is a visual tool that can be used to communicate the importance of biodiversity in agricultural landscapes.

Reintroduced Nubian Ibex Species in the West Bekaa Caught on Camera, While Restoration Work of Degraded Pastures are underway

28 August 2020 | Overarching Initiatives

Camera traps capture images that show the reintroduction of the Nubian Ibex to the Shouf Biosphere Reserve in Lebanon, while implementation of a management and restoration plan for degraded high mountain pastures in the Himas of West Bekaa is underway.

New Brochure on the Root Causes of Overgrazing in Morocco

28 August 2020 | Overarching Initiatives

“The Roots of Overgrazing in Morocco: a pastoralist’s perspective” is based on the findings of a study that delved into customary laws and traditions, land use changes, wider socio-political and economic changes and pressures, and suggests some key solutions from a pastoralist perspective.

Efforts to Inscribe the “Mandra-System” of Lemnos Island in the National Inventory of Intangible Heritage Underway

28 August 2020 | Overarching Initiatives

Following the successful proposal submission to inscribe melipasto /melichloro cheese in the National Inventory of the Intangible Heritage of Greece, effort is now afoot to develop a proposal for another element of the intangible heritage of Lemnos, that of the ‘mandra system’.

What Are You Cooking?

When you make a dish using sustainable Mediterranean ingredients share the love with a photo of your culinary creation @RootedEveryday #MedFoodHeroes

What You Put on Your Plate Can Change the World

Share A Dish Night
25-27 June 2020

#MedFoodHeroes

Let’s celebrate sustainable food

What You Put on Your Plate Can Change the World

Share A Dish Night
25-27 June 2020

#MedFoodHeroes

Let’s celebrate sustainable food

We Are What We Eat

The small choices we make in our day-to-day lives can have a positive impact on the environment and people.

Discover new Mediterranean recipes and shop from small sustainable businesses.

#MedFoodHeroes
#RootedEveryday

We Are What We Eat

The small choices we make in our day-to-day lives can have a positive impact on the environment and people.

Discover new Mediterranean recipes and shop from small sustainable businesses.

#MedFoodHeroes
#RootedEveryday

What Are the Odds?

We’ve lost 2.4 million small farms in the EU over the last 15 years whilst larger farms have increased by 30,000.

The odds are unfairly stacked against small farmers. What’s more, intensive farming, hunting, deforestation and climate change are threatening Mediterranean areas of outstanding natural beauty.

If you agree bigger isn’t better support #RootedEverday.

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Big business agriculture is polluting our water

Intensive agricultural development deprives traditional farmers and stockbreeders of their living and forces them off their lands. 

Land turned over to intensive farming of fertilized crops is responsible for toxic agricultural pollutants such as pesticides in our drinking water. It’s time we valued small traditional and sustainable farmers whose way of life protects Mediterranean eco-systems.

These undervalued communities have the right to make a living from the land that nurtures the environment and must not be driven out by intensifying production.

What could you do to be more #RootedEveryday?

New Writing Prize

The Rooted Everyday Mediterranean Short Story Competition aims to help the environment by sharing untold stories of traditional Mediterranean rural life and culture whilst amplifying the voices of young writers.

Meet the Winner of 2019 Rooted Everyday Mediterranean Short Story Prize