LIFE Montserrat. Newsletter 2. July 2016
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LIFE Montserrat.                  NEWSLETTER #2.
                                                         JULY 2016
While in 2015 project actions were mainly focused on forestry works, during the first half of 2016 the efforts have been devoted to get the livestock units started.
Livestock projects are currently underway or about to start in 11 of the 19 livestock management units designed to cover the strategic areas for fire prevention within the project area. This results in 10 livestock holdings directly related to the LIFE Montserrat project, providing forest grazing activity and maintaining lower fire risk and higher nature value landscapes.  Six of the holdings work with goats and there are three working with cows and one working with donkeys. Half of them are newly created while the existing ones have increased the number of animals and the grazing area. They all belong to the recently created Montserrat Association of Livestock Farmers. This entity, together with the Association of Forest Owners, should conduct main land management actions to achieve the project objectives in the long term, beyond the financial support of the LIFE Programme.

HIGHLIGHTS (January-June 2016)

Briefing with local municipalities.

Meeting between LIFE Montserrat staff and mayors from the 14 municipalities within the project area to provide updated information about the project and enhance cooperative engagement. read more

LIFE Montserrat at Alícia't 2016.

Alícia’t is an important local fair devoted to healthy eating and cuisine where local high quality food products receive special attention. An excellent opportunity for the dissemination of the project and the promotion of farmers. read more

LIFE Montserrat presentation to forest owners

Presentation of the project at the Catalan Forest Owners annual assembly, a key group for the success of the project. read more

Selection of goat breeds.

LIFE Montserrat technical staff and farmers committed to the project visited forest grazing projects underway in southern Catalonia in order to select best goat breeds considering their needs in Montserrat.  read more

First livestock purchases.

Purchase of a flock of 92 celtiberic goats that will soon start grazing in the mountains between Collbató and Esparreguera. It is the first of several livestock purchase operations necessary to improve herds of holdings involved in the project. read more

Association of Livestock Farmers.

The creation of a local Association of Livestock Farmers will ensure unity of action, shared objectives and mutual collaboration among farmers and it will enable them to maintain a fluid relationship with other actors involved in the project. read more

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