Sheep and Goat Herding Management PDF Print E-mail

Partner: Madonie

Location: Madonie Park, Sicily (IT); widely replicable throughout Europe

Service and user scenario:
In the Madonie Park, over 1,500m is dominated by the Madonie Forest while lower down the slopes, the locals continue to pursue millennial agricultural activities including sheep and cattle farming and the cultivation of wheat, olives and fruit. This gives rise to specific traditions such as the seasonal “transumanza” when herds are moved from their summer to winter pastures and back, and contributes to the Madonie’s gastronomic specialties of meat, sausages, salami, cheese, olives, mushrooms, and fresh seasonal vegetables.
Grazing, as is well known, has a significant environmental impact and therefore needs to be carefully managed in order to guarantee the long-term sustainability of the grazing habitat. For this reason, the Park Authority releases licences and is responsible for other actions of monitoring, maintaining the necessary fencing and other infrastructures, etc.
This management activity uses the Park’s GIS system, but the decision-making processes is generally based on experience and implicit knowledge. The validation pilot will provide updated environmental data to support better informed decisions.

Use of environmental data:
This pilot will make significant use of the information in the ISPRA Carta Natura database, and also use information at the broader scale of the Mediterranean area as a whole. Joint management scenarios are possible through the interconnection with similar habitats management systems in other Mediterranean area.

Stakeholders involved:
The management activity is normally carried out by the Park authority in concert with the regional Agriculture and Forests Department. The validation pilot will be carried out within
Social Validation of INSPIRE Annex III Data Structures in EU Habitats the Territorial Living Lab-Sicily partnership, which already includes a range of regional stakeholders including the Sicilian regional government, the CRES research centre, the University of Palermo, the ARCA innovation incubator, the Confindustria business association, etc. In addition, the pilot will also be carried out in collaboration with the national research centre CNR’s ICAR (Istituto di Calcolo e Reti ad Alte Prestazioni).

Users involved:
In the development of the pilot the users are mainly the farmers and herders, although all of the citizens of the local towns will also be involved.

Policy / business model:
The pilot is coherent with the Park’s mission but is also an element of the TLL-Sicily partnership’s innovation piloting strategy.

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