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
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
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
Two island sites characterised by a mosaic of traditional farming, livestock breeding and water management: the islands of Lemnos, Greece and Menorca, Spain
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.
Mandra System of Lemnos, 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.
Maintaining High Atlas Cultural Landscapes
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.
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 of sustainably-produced products of farmers in Menorca.
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.
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.
People & Cork
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.
Shouf Biosphere Reserve Cultural Landscape
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.
West Bekaa & Mount Lebanon Cultural 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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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.
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.
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.
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.