The NEW ‘Rooted Everyday Mediterranean Short Story Prize’ is the first environment-themed Mediterranean writing competition. Its aim is to celebrate and protect the rich culture and biodiversity found in Mediterranean eco-regions.

The shortlist, which features a diverse range of voices and nationalities, is as follows:

White Ground by Popi Aroniada, Greece
The Shepherd by Abdelhakim Barnous, Morocco
The First Day by Maria de Fátima Candeias, Portugal
Salted Grasshopper by Aziz Charhabil, Morocco
Gone by Maria Dalamitrou, Greece
Antagonisms by Pablo Garrido, Spain
The Magic Bag by Amar Hommany, Morocco
The Meadow by Blanca Amelia Marques, Spain
Rulfo by Ana Catarina Milhazes, Portugal
Plant Wisdom by Jose Ruiz Rosa, Spain
The Treasure by Sophia Sifaki, Greece

Winners will get the opportunity to travel to their national eco-site, which includes accommodation and a guided tour. The Winner and the finalists will have their stories published in an international eBook.

The judges for the 2019 #MedStoryPrize, who are all passionate about giving a platform to new writers who care about the environment and cultural heritage, are as follows:

Joaquín Araújo, writer, journalist and editor, Spain
Amy Beeson, author, Chair of Judhges, UK
Brahim Elboukhari, poet author and teacher, Morocco
Dr Rania Masri, political ecologist, environmental justice activist, Lebanon
Isabel Minhós Martins, author and publisher Planeta Tangerina, Portugal
Maria Rousakis, author, Greece

The Chair of the Rooted Everyday Mediterranean Short Story Prize Amy Beeson said: “Stories change how we see the world. It’s urgent for our survival that more people see what’s truly at stake for people and planet and engage with it emotionally and personally.”

Explaining why the Rooted Everyday campaign wanted to make creative writing part of the campaign, Lily Mordechai Scientific Secretariat with MedINA said: “By engaging writers and creative individuals we hope we will not only raise awareness but also hear stories of how people experience and perceive biodiversity and heritage in the Mediterranean.”

Rooted Everyday would like to thank all the writers who entered the competition. It is motivating to read how diverse experiences create a common conscience. Thank you for encouraging us to continue working towards our goals.

The winner of the prize will be announced after the 1 October 2019.

Sheep to Combat Climate Change

Asociación Trashumancia y Naturaleza collaborated with the city council of Madrid to organise the annual Fiesta de la Trashumancia Madrid 2019 (Transhumance Festival)—which saw 1800 sheep and 200 goats pass through the centre of Spain’s capital city. The event, now in its 26th year, was successful in creating awareness on the importance of maintaining this ancestral practice of which Spain is a global example and that is a very valuable tool in the fight against climate change and rural depopulation, among other benefits.

Travelling with Birds

In September last year, we set out to observe and learn about migratory birds and their flight paths. Joined by local and international bird experts, we worked alongside the Hima Hammana community to observe the birds that flew overhead, while learning from the experts about bird monitoring processes.

Two Reports on Mobile Pastoralism in the Mediterranean

Mobile pastoralism is a major traditional cultural practice in the Mediterranean and a unique example of the constant interaction between humans and nature. Being entirely different in essence to intensive livestock production systems, this practice offers the most sustainable way to make the most of the Mediterranean’s rangelands.

Meet the Winner of 2019 Rooted Everyday #MedStoryPrize

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The Missing Message by Faiza Lhbabi

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