By Mercedes Muñoz Cañas  (IUCN-Med)

Aiming to strengthen the knowledge of links between cultural practices (such as traditional farming, livestock breeding, traditional grazing and other agro-silvo practices) and the maintenance of biodiversity across the Mediterranean, project partner IUCN-Med shared the results of the study Links between agricultural practices and biodiversity in Mediterranean Landscapes”, which documents cases across pilot landscapes, and the Mediterranean basin. Additionally, the story map “the legacy of the land” is available as a visual tool to communicate the importance of biodiversity in agricultural landscapes.

New Brochure on the Root Causes of Overgrazing in Morocco

“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.

Mobile Pastoral Systems are More Profitable

“An economic analysis of transhumance in the Central Spanish Pyrenees” empirically evaluates mobile pastoralists’ claims that transhumance, a specific type of long-distance herd mobility, is a more profitable system compared to semi-extensive production in the Central Spanish Pyrenees.

Solid Engagement with Communities Reveals a lot About Himas

Engaged mayors and locals reveal a wealth of information on communal governance systems in Hima Anjar and Hima Kfar Zabad, in the Shouf Reserve in Lebanon, providing crucial input to identifying best methods and practices to encourage community engagement and public participation in biodiversity conservation.

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

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.

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

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.

Eating an Organic Mediterranean Diet Helps Fight Disease

For years nutritionists have extolled the virtues of a Mediterranean diet, now environmental NGOs like WWF are calling for us to improve our health and the environment by following the Med. The #MedFoodHeroes campaign from 15-27 June coordinated by @RootedEveryday celebrates the rich cuisine the Mediterranean has to offer and the benefits to people and planet when we buy from small sustainable producers.