Some Protected Areas are promoting eco-pasture or controlled grazing as a means to maintain both remarkable natural habitats and open spaces for fire prevention in forest areas.
Two partners of the IMPACT Interreg Europe project have presented good practices related to this practice:
- The organisation of sheep transhumance in order to maintain remarkable natural environments. Presented by ENRx. Eco-grazing has allowed to the recovery of a local breed the Boulonnais sheep and moreover, the economic impact of eco-pasturing on the Cap Blanc Nez is positive and has allowed multiple farmers to generate revenue from their sheep breeding which contributes to the maintenance of their farms.
- Promoting open spaces in a forest park as a means of increasing biodiversity. Presented by Collserola Nature Park, a member of EUROPARC Federation. To counterbalance forest expansion, Collserola Nature Park is recovering farming activities and open spaces with grazing animals.
Below you can learn from the shepherd himself the benefits he has by working in a protected area but also the main challenges he has to face.