At our project sites, which span mountain ranges, lowland areas and islands across the Mediterranean, we support communities to maintain cultural landscapes and revitalise traditional local practices. Our work focuses on

ensuring economic sustainability of traditional cultural practices-based economies

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promoting participatory governance and land management systems

strengthening local capacities for sustainable community-based management practices

encouraging replication of successful methods across sites and beyond

ensuring economic sustainability of traditional cultural practices-based economies

Participatory governance icon | Sustaining Mediterranean cultural practices

promoting participatory governance and land management systems

strengthening local capacities for sustainable community-based management practices

encouraging replication of successful methods across sites and beyond

Photo: © Al-Shouf Cedar Society (ACS)

The focus of our site-specific work currently includes

Three mountain/high altitude sites characterised by traditional farming, grazing, agroforestry and water management practices: the High Atlas mountains of Morocco, Shouf Biosphere Reserve, West Bekaa and Mount Lebanon in Lebanon, and the Taurus mountains in Turkey

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Two sites characterised by traditional agro-silvo-pastoral systems in lowland areas: the corridor stretching from Extremadura and Córdoba, Spain, to Coruche in Santarém, Portugal, and Kroumirie Mogod, Northwestern Tunisia

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Two island sites characterised by a mosaic of traditional farming, livestock breeding and water management: the islands of Lemnos, Greece and Menorca, Spain

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Dehesas & Montados in the Iberian Peninsula Mandra System of Lemnos, Greece Maintaining High Atlas Cultural Landscapes Menorca Virtuous Mosaic Mobile Pastoralism in Turkey Mobile Pastoralism in the Mediterranean People & Cork Shouf Biosphere Reserve Cultural Landscape West Bekaa & Mount Lebanon Cultural Landscapes

Dehesas & Montados in the Iberian Peninsula

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

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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Mandra System of Lemnos, Greece

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

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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Maintaining High Atlas Cultural Landscapes

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

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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Menorca Virtuous Mosaic

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

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 of sustainably-produced products of farmers in Menorca.

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Mobile Pastoralism in Turkey

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

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

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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People & Cork

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

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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Shouf Biosphere Reserve Cultural Landscape

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

In Lebanon, Al-Shouf Cedar Society aims 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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West Bekaa & Mount Lebanon Cultural Landscapes

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)

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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Explore our projects by clicking on the illustrations in the map above or selecting a project below

Through cross-cutting projects that transcend geographical and political borders in the Mediterranean region, we are

Promoting the exchange of knowledge and ideas

Our cross-cutting activities on enhancing knowledge promote the exchange of methodologies and innovative ideas between the pilot sites, while providing capacity building in topics of interest to the project partners. Information from the project sites and other Mediterranean areas will be gathered to scale up the Cultural Landscapes approach and to enhance heritage learning.

Project partners: IUCN-Med and Tour du Valat

Advocating for policies that support cultural practices and cultural landscapes

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

Project partners: Trashumancia y Naturaleza (TyN), WWF Spain, ANP|WWF and Euronatur

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.

Project partners: Yolda Initiative and ANP|WWF

Communicating for change

Through our communications initiatives we raise awareness of the importance of cultural landscapes and cultural practices for people and the environment, and disseminate the results of the Alliance’s research and practice.

Project partner: Global Diversity Foundation

By promoting sustainable land use practices and affirming the social, economic and environmental benefits of Mediterranean cultural landscapes, we are celebrating Mediterranean heritage while showing the true value of reconnecting to the lands and practices that sustain livelihoods.