EoE on Rural Economy Development to Support and Increase Landscapes and Forests Resilience

 

Urgent announcement: The EoE in Sardinia is postponed to September, due to regional health and safety measures to halt a further outbreak of coronavirus. As soon as the dates are determined, we will inform all participants about the details.

What: International Exchange of Experts on Rural Economy Development to Support and Increase Landscapes and Forests Resilience in Central Sardinia

Who: land managers, forestry managers, fire practitioners, local community representatives, civil protection, scientists, etc (participants from all across Europe are welcome)

When: Postponed to September, due to regional health and safety measures to halt a further outbreak of coronavirus. As soon as the dates are determined, we will inform all participants.

Where: Badde Salighes, Central Sardinia

During thousands of years, Sardinia, as other Mediterranean regions, developed a socio- ecological mosaic landscape composed by agriculture, forest and shrublands. Nowadays, the idea of mosaic is still considered as one of the best infrastructures to mitigate the impact of natural hazards, such us wildfires, pests and flooding. However, in the last 60 years, the migrations due to industrialization from rural to urban areas, caused a devaluation of rural economies and led to rural abandonment. The impacts of this abandonment are still very visible in the land, thus dense forest and shrublands now occupy the traditionally managed landscapes. These unmanaged lands generate a much higher risk, e.g. of large wildfires, for rural communities and also for urban population living in wildland urban interfaces under highly vulnerable conditions.

Understanding the way societies need to co-exist with natural risks, enhancing risk mitigation from a bottom-up approach, encouraging actions done by local communities and discussing the best way to apply traditional land management, are key actions needed in order to improve risk management. To succeed, all these actions shall be linked to a sustainable economic model that is not only based in the economic values, but a model that includes other values contributing to build resilient landscapes and societies.

During 4 days, participants from across Europe will exchange experiences about effective land management techniques that aim at developing sustainable local bio-economy and support risk reduction.
The camp will be a great opportunity to participate in the discussions on how to generate added value in rural environments, as a combination of agriculture, tourism, forestry and grazing. All with the ultimate purpose of taking local action to enhance risk mitigation, rather waiting for a response to natural disasters.

The camp is also an opportunity to get hands-on experience on a combination of techniques used for management of Mediterranean landscape and forest (i.e. prescribed fire).

See programme here.