Dehesa Paisaje © Jorge Sierra

Influencing Policy in Favour of Agro-Silvo-Pastoral Systems

Trashumancia Y Naturaleza, WWF Spain, EuroNatur, MedINA

Dehesa Paisaje © Jorge Sierra

The project’s objective is to facilitate and promote policy changes in favour of agro-silvo-pastoral systems and their related practices, and challenge the proposed laws and policies at both EU and Non EU Mediterranean areas that undermine them.

A special focus is placed on the EU Common Agriculture Policy (CAP), and specifically the cross cutting matters influential in the CAP debate – for a CAP post 2020 on pastures and pastoralism, climate change, and other policies that have an impact on these systems (for example: policies related to water, nature and soil regulations).

Our focus is on the crucial lobbying and advocacy needed in the next three years to ensure a new CAP that is more favourable to agro-silvo-pastoral systems.

 

    

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To achieve the above goals the project has four strategies and three broad lines of work:

1. The production of grounded policy proposals in favour of cultural landscapes, which take into account technical information and capitalises on the policy experience and work of the project team. The objective is to showcase, to the public, goods produced by agro-silvo-pastoral landscapes, their contributions to climate change, the environment and to society, and the need for these public goods to be financially rewarded (a proposal on High Nature Value Farming and their key role in the new CAP has been produced). While at the same time ensuring that a bottom up approach is embedded into policy design proposals, by using information provided by site based work in a coordinated manner.

2. The creation of alliances with other organisations or civil society groups, capitalising on partners’ wide networks and experience on previous CAP negotiations, and taking advantage of more mature arguments found at this stage and our collectively stronger position.

3. The dissemination and communication of proposals to mobilise stakeholders (including the general public) to support lobbying and advocacy actions.