Territorial Care in ITI Peneda Gerês

Environmental protection measures are frequently seen as a threat by traditional inhabitants of the protected areas. However, the landscape and natural conservation of our land owes much to traditional farming. When there is an ageing, or decaying population, the traditional practices that configured the landscape and environmental balance that we inherited decay as well.

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The project carried out by Intervención Territorial Integrada Peneda-Gerês (Territorial Integral Intervention Peneda- Gerês) aims to support agricultural, shepherding, and forestry methods, which are compatible with biodiversity and landscape conservation. Therefore, it aids to preserve natural habitats, as well as the territorial setting of traditional population.

In order to accomplish this economic incentives were used. Both communal forest members and private owners were directly paid when their shepherding and agricultural working methods were environmentally responsible.

Communal forest members even take on social care projects using the services provided by the program. An example of this is the construction of a day care centre for the elderly.

One of the key aspects of this experience is that it is founded in a participative structure. It gives priority to local agents, as associations and cooperatives of producers from the area participate. Therefore, an effective strategy of land stewardship is achieved.

Therefore, the environment needs to be seen, especially at the present moment, as an endogenous resource, as well as an opportunity of a way of life for the traditional local community.


Main issues to be discussed:
  • Participative structure and land stewardship
  • Shepherding and agricultural working methods were environmentally responsible.