Within the framework of the LIFE LiveAdapt project, Innogestiona Ambiental, as a partner of the project, participated in the workshop that analysed the role of public administration in the different actions and proposals that favour the adaptation of extensive livestock farming to climate change.
The workshop was held at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería de Montes, Forestal y del Medio Natural of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. The organisation and dynamisation of the activity was the responsibility of the Entretantos Foundation, another partner of the LiveAdapt project. Participants included representatives of the sectors involved: livestock farming, research, civil society, professional associations and public administrations.
The day began with 4 presentations on experiences in which the public administration has played a proactive role in different initiatives to promote extensive livestock farming, contributing not only to overcoming bureaucratic obstacles but also to launching innovative initiatives that generate new business opportunities.
After the initial presentations, the participants worked in 3 groups in which different aspects were analysed in order to define strategies to improve the role of public administration in supporting extensive livestock farming, especially in coordination between institutions at different levels (local, regional, national and European). Specifically, each group made proposals on the demographic challenge, water and fire management and issues related to mobility and health.
Based on the National Strategy for the Demographic Challenge, the need was identified to promote greater coordination and communication with services related to consumption, the environment, education and the services that manage the Rural Development Programmes or the Regional Agricultural Offices, also highlighting the need for coordination with urban planning and housing measures.
Fire and water
In the area of water and fire management, proposals were put forward highlighting the role of conservation, prevention and extinction services, as well as the need to collaborate more closely with the hydrographic confederations of each territory. All of this is based on joint work dynamics that include livestock farmers, hunting sector associations, landowners and representatives of civil society.
Mobility and health
In terms of mobility and health, the enormous potential and value of livestock trails in activities such as transhumance and transhumance in a scenario of climate change was also highlighted. In this sense, institutions in charge of land-use planning and regulations affecting animal movements (health guides), as well as owners and managers of public and private forests and pastures, were identified as central players in the strategy for adapting extensive livestock farming to the new socio-economic and environmental challenges.