Multi-scale evaluation with policy makers
|Main authors:||Cecilia De Ita, Lindsay C. Stringer, Luuk Fleskens, Diana Sietz|
|Contributing authors:||Ioannis K. Tsanis, Ioannis N. Daliakopoulos, Ioanna Panagea, Michalakis Christoforou, Giovanni Quaranta, Rosanna Salvia, Sandra Valente, Cristina Ribeiro, Cláudia Fernandes, Oscar González-Pelayo, Jan Jacob Keizer, Alejandro Valdecantos, V. Ramón Vallejo and Susana Bautista|
|Source document:||De Ita, C. et al. (2017) Report on multi-scale evaluation of CASCADE's management principles and grazing model scenarios with stakeholders and policy makers. CASCADE Project Deliverable 8.3 69 pp|
Land conservation and natural resource management are currently at the forefront of sustainability challenges, particularly due to environmental threats and climate change. Regions like the Mediterranean are particularly vulnerable due to their complex socio-environmental dynamics, which are under pressure from soil erosion, desertification, land abandonment, overgrazing and forest fires.
CASCADE’s research has yielded a number of outcomes, including a thorough insight into the physio-environmental ecology of the European Mediterranean Drylands, and a series of tools and measures to improve land management. Stakeholders’ resilience and adaptation were also explored in »Adaptation strategies of local land users, which presents stakeholders’ perceptions of current ecosystem changes and potential opportunities to respond to changes.
Study site stakeholder workshops
In this section of CASCADiS we evaluate stakeholders’ views of the land management measures generated by CASCADE and tailored to each study site, using a participatory multi-scale evaluation process. Assessment followed a participatory approach to capture the wide range of perceptions and views involved in the management of complex socio-environmental landscapes.
For more details see »Stakeholder workshops to evaluate SLM guidelines and scenario analysis
Six stakeholder workshops were carried out across project study sites. Local stakeholders in each site discussed their perceptions about the land management principles developed by CASCADE, as well as the barriers and opportunities to implement them in the current socio-economic, environmental and policy context. Study sites were differentiated according to the main degradation issues: Overgrazing (Crete, Cyprus and Italy), land abandonment (Spain and Italy), forest fire (Spain and Italy, Portugal). In the grazing sites, Crete and Cyprus, stakeholders also evaluated the scenarios and model outputs described in »Costs and benefits of interventions and »Improving SLM using land management scenario analysis.
For more details see
»Várzea, Portugal: Stakeholder workshop to evaluate SLM guidelines
»Albatera & Ayora, Spain: Stakeholder workshop to evaluate SLM guidelines
»Castelsaraceno, Italy: Stakeholder workshop to evaluate SLM guidelines
»Messara, Greece: Stakeholder workshop to evaluate SLM guidelines and scenario analysis
»Randi Forest, Cyprus: Stakeholder workshop to evaluate SLM guidelines and scenario analysis
To explore CASCADE principles and research input in national and international land management agendas a policy forum was convened involving international, national and selected local stakeholders from the study sites. The policy forum was held in Matera, Italy in February 2017, and included presentations from CASCADE researchers about the project’s findings on land abandonment, forest fires and grazing research, presentations by policy makers about relevant policies at EU and international level, and a roundtable discussion on research, policy making and sustainable land management at the study sites.
Policy interview with Pandi Zdruli
Interview with Pandi Zdruli
Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari
Policy interview with Victor Castillo
Interview with Victor Castillo
UNCCD Secretariat: Science, Technology and Implementation