The Operational Group OVINNOVA is a consortium of entities of different profiles which have come together around transhumance, with a focus on joint and multisector action. Its main objective is to define the bases for improving the competitiveness of transhumance pasture, by configuring a new business model for providing livestock services which is viable, productive, competitive and contributes to conserving biodiversity.

To do this, between 2020 and 2021, the Operational Group undertook different activities of administrative and logistical assistance to transhumance livestock activities, as well as actions of training, research, habitat conservation and use of innovative technologies, at both ends of the livestock journey (Cantabrian Cordillera and dehesas of southern Spain).

The Operational Group is made up of entities related to sheep production and sale, extensive livestock activities and transhumance, coordinated by the Monte Mediterráneo Foundation, as well as the CESEFOR Foundation, the Ecovalia-Celmente Mata Organic Livestock Farming Endowment at the University of Córdoba, the organic certification body CAAE and the inter-professional agrifood organisation for the sheep and goat sectors INTEROVIC.

Other collaborators in the project are the Castilla y León Regional Government, the Spanish Dehesa Federation (FEDEHESA), the Municipality of Crémenes, the Dehesa Research Institute (INDEHESA) and EA Group. The applied ecology and remote sensing group (GEAT) at the University of León and Innogestiona Ambiental are participating as external assistants. Specifically, Innogestiona Ambiental is responsible for preparing and developing the project communication and dissemination plan.

This is a project financed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in the 2019 funding call for the functioning of Operational Groups of the European Innovation Partnership on Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability (EIP-AGRI) under the National Rural Development Plan 2014-2020. The project also enjoys financing from the European Union by means of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).