Sustaining
Mediterranean
Cultural Landscapes

Photo: Shepherding in the Shar Mountains © Jovan Bozinoski

Shepherding, Shar Mountains © Jovan Bozinoski

The Alliance for Mediterranean Nature & Culture (AMNC) is a group of NGOs working together to build awareness and knowledge of cultural landscapes, advocate for the traditional practices that maintain them and sustain the benefits they provide for biodiversity and local livelihoods. 

Supporting communities to maintain cultural landscapes and revitalise traditional practices

At our project sites, we support traditional cultural practices and their economies, promote participatory governance and land management systems, and strengthen local capacities for sustainable management practices.

Photo: Inanc Tekguc / GDF

Supporting communities to maintain cultural landscapes and revitalise traditional practices

At our project sites, we support traditional cultural practices and their economies, promote participatory governance and land management systems, and strengthen local capacities for sustainable management practices.

Photo: Inanc Tekguc / Global Diversity Foundation (GDF)

Advocating for policies that support cultural practices and cultural landscapes

We carry out policy advocacy at national level in our project sites and collaborate as a partnership on international issues, carrying out joint actions to ensure long-term impact and policy changes.

Photo: © Rui Barreira / ANP|WWF

Advocating for policies that support cultural practices and cultural landscapes

We carry out policy advocacy at national level in our project sites and collaborate as a partnership on international issues, carrying out joint actions to ensure long-term impact and policy changes.

Photo: © Rui Barreira / ANP|WWF

Developing an effective and durable regional alliance for cultural landscapes

Our partnership is based on participatory governance and decision making. It offers partners capacity building opportunities, develops strategic communications, mobilises funding, and broadens its network of partners, collaborators and funders.

Photo: © Inanc Tekguc / GDF

Developing an effective and durable regional alliance for cultural landscapes

Our partnership is based on participatory governance and decision making. It offers partners capacity building opportunities, develops strategic communications, mobilises funding, and broadens its network of partners, collaborators and funders.

Photo: © Inanc Tekguc / Global Diversity Foundation (GDF)

Promoting the exchange of knowledge and ideas

We promote the sharing of methodologies and innovations to enhance knowledge about the links between cultural practices and biodiversity, and how these links support human wellbeing. We encourage replication of successful methods across project sites and beyond, and aim to increase recognition of the environmental, economic and social benefits that cultural practices bring – including as solutions for climate change mitigation – to communities in the Mediterranean and all societies.

Photo: © Jamal Hamzeh / SPNL

Promoting the exchange of knowledge and ideas

We promote the sharing of methodologies and innovations to enhance knowledge about the links between cultural practices and biodiversity, and how these links support human wellbeing. We encourage replication of successful methods across project sites and beyond, and aim to increase recognition of the environmental, economic and social benefits that cultural practices bring – including as solutions for climate change mitigation – to communities in the Mediterranean and all societies.

Photo: © Jamal Hamzeh / SPNL

Sustainable cultural land-use practices enhance biodiversity conservation

The deterioration and abandonment of cultural land-use practices have negatively affected the ecological diversity across a diverse range of Mediterranean landscapes. A sustainable approach that employs traditional knowledge can be a first step to reverse the declining state of agricultural, pastoral and forestry systems.

Sustaining Mediterranean cultural landscapes
Sustaining Mediterranean cultural landscapes
Sustaining Mediterranean cultural landscapes

Our Project Sites

Building the ecologic and socio‐economic resilience of the Shouf Mountain landscape |  Alliance for Mediterranean Nature & Culture (AMNC)

Building the ecological and socio‐economic resilience of the Shouf Mountain Landscape

In Lebanon, Al-Shouf Cedar Society works on a project that aims at understanding and mainstreaming knowledge on links between traditional practices and biodiversity, strengthening and improving governance systems, supporting the implementation of cultural practices in cultural landscapes.

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Photo: © Al-Shouf Cedar Society (ACS)

Dehesas and Montados in the Iberian Peninsula | Alliance for Mediterranean Nature & Culture (AMNC)

Dehesas & Montados in the Iberian Peninsula

ANP|WWF, Trashumancia y Naturaleza and WWF Spain collaborate to protect Dehesas and Montados in the southwest of the Iberian Peninsula. This unique landscape is a high value system that balances biodiversity and sustainable agriculture, benefits the rural economy and continues a legacy stretching back generations.

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Photo: Dehesas © Ofelia de Pablo and Javier Zurita / WWF España

Enhancement of cork oak cultural landscape values in favour of local community development in Kroumirie Mogod, Tunisia | Alliance for Mediterranean Nature & Culture (AMNC)

Enhancement of cork oak cultural landscape values in favour of local community development in Kroumirie Mogod, Tunisia

WWF North Africa seeks to promote cork oak, a symbolic tree of the Kroumirie-Mogods region, through local cultural practices, in the People & Cork project.

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Photo: © WWF North Africa

The Mandra System of Lemnos Island, Greece | Alliance for Mediterranean Nature & Culture (AMNC)

Mandra System of Lemnos Island, Greece

The mandra system is a traditional agro-pastoral management system that has shaped the unique landscape of Lemnos, supporting the livelihoods of the locals and contributing to the conservation of the island’s biodiversity. Through the Terra Lemnia project, MedINA works to conserve and restore traditional farming landscapes on Lemnos.

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Photo: © MedINA

Maintaining cultural landscapes for biodiversity and wellbeing in the Moroccan High Atlas | Alliance for Mediterranean Nature & Culture (AMNC)

Maintaining cultural landscapes for biodiversity and wellbeing in the Moroccan High Atlas

Global Diversity Foundation works to conserve iconic cultural landscapes that harbour significant biological and cultural diversity in a project focusing on agdals (extensive highland pastures) and terraced agroecosystems.

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Photo: © Pommelien da Silva Cosme / GDF

Menorca Virtuous Mosaic | Alliance for Mediterranean Nature & Culture (AMNC)

Menorca Virtuous Mosaic

Virtuous Mosaic refers to the highly biodiverse landscape that combines agriculture, extensive stockbreeding and patches of natural areas. Through this project, GOB Menorca works to increase the value and social recognition of products by farmers in Menorca who adopt sustainable practices.

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Photo: © GOB Menorca

Biodiversity in Turkey, by Yolda Initiative | Mobile Pastoralism in Turkey

Mobile Pastoralism in Turkey

Yolda Initiative is supporting mobile pastoralist communities to maintain their lifestyles and continue moving freely through the landscapes for nature, culture and life through a collaborative and national programme.

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Photo: © Engin Yılmaz / Yolda Initiative

Mobile pastoralism in the Mediterranean | Alliance for Mediterranean Nature & Culture (AMNC)

Mobile Pastoralism in the Mediterranean

This cross-cutting project spans locations throughout the Mediterranean – Greece, Spain, Albania and the Balkans – with actions that support different dimensions of mobile pastoralism in the region.

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Photo:  © Stamos Abatis / MedINA

Strengthening the ecological and socio-economic resilience of West Bekaa and Mount Lebanon landscapes through sustaining their cultural practices | Alliance for Mediterranean Nature & Culture (AMNC)

Strengthening the ecological and socio-economic resilience of West Bekaa and Mount Lebanon Landscapes

Through a holistic approach addressing knowledge, capacities, governance mechanisms and rural economies, Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon seeks to sustain key traditional land-use practices to maintain ecosystem services, conserve biodiversity and support human wellbeing.

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Photo: Hima Ras El Matn, La Martine Valley, by Asaad Saleh

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