Participatory vulnerability analysis in the Reference Region of Sierra Morena

Sep 15, 2021

On 20 and 22 July 2021, the MOVING’s project organised two technical sessions in the Reference Region of Sierra Morena (Spain), led by the University of Cordoba, to analyse the vulnerability of the Dehesa’s ecosystem for the next 20 years.

It brought together a total of 13 participants, including livestock farmers, technicians and researchers. The group analysed how the Dehesa, which underpins the Iberian ham value chain, could be affected by various factors of change in a 20-year scenario.

During the first session, participants identified some indicators of change such as climate and others such as pollution, demographic changes, change in land use, etc. Participants’ knowledge and experience were used to assess past trends of the drivers and to foresee how these possible changes could affect the Dehesa in the future. In the second session, participants discussed and prioritised different proposals that could improve the adaptability of the Dehesa to these possible global impacts.

Prior to these online technical workshops, 15 interviews with 20 different stakeholders were conducted to identify the main drivers of change. All these activities are part of project’s task “Participatory vulnerability analysis of land systems”, included in work package 3, and have been carried out as a pilot study to test the applicability of the methodology developed by the University of Cordoba, to carry out the vulnerability analysis. This methodology will be replicated in the rest of the Reference Regions.

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