Terra Lemnia Project
The Terra Lemnia project is being implemented under the coordination of the Mediterranean Institute for Nature and Anthropos and aims to conserve the sustainable, traditional agro-pastoral practices of Lemnos practices and to demonstrate their valuable role in supporting both biodiversity conservation and modern day green development, through research and on the ground actions, in collaboration with Lemnian organisations and producers.
The Terra Lemnia project has three year duration and is funded by the MAVA Foundation for Nature as part of its Mediterranean programme on “Landscapes of high ecological value maintained by sustainable human practices”
Four pilot sites have been selected as representative for this Programme, while the island of Lemnos in Greece is the only island landscape of the project.
The Terra Lemnia project is coordinated by the Mediterranean Institute for Nature and Anthropos (MedINA) in collaboration with a number of national and Mediterranean universities and organisations. More specifically, the main project partners are
- The Agricultural University of Athens\
- The University of Aegean/ Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
- The Hellenic Ornithological Society
- The local NGO Anemoessa
- The Society for the Protection of Prespa
- The Tour du Valat (TdV) Research Institute
The Terra Lemnia project activities are structured upon 6 interlinked strategies:
Research and fieldwork to record and evaluate the current status of the primary sector, biodiversity and other environmental resources, focusing on traditional agro-pastoral practices, the traditional “mandras”, local seed varieties and animal breeds.
Focus on local producers by organising capacity building seminars and workshops, knowledge exchange and field visits with best practice examples from Greece and abroad and fostering of collaboration and networks within and beyond Lemnos.
Demonstrative pilot interventions aiming to
- Enhance traditional, sustainable agro-pastoral practices, working hand in hand with local producers (conserving local seed varieties, enriching pastures and better grazing management etc.)
- Create an integrated plan to deal with the issue of wild rabbits in Lemnos, by implementing pilot actions in selected areas in full cooperation with local authorities.
- Restore the traditional mandra structures, in collaboration with interested owners with the aim of making them once again functional parts of the Lemnian landscape.
Αctivities to boost the financial viability of traditional agro-pastoral practices and to support local producers such as studies that will assess the nutritional value of such local products, support of the certification of local seed varieties and related products, support the creation of a local management and promotion network on these issues, support synergies with the tourism sector of the island, exchange of knowhow and cooperation with global networks etc.
Development and implementation of a model methodology for the management of the agricultural landscape, as well as gradual activation of a network of local stakeholders, in order to promote participative planning and coordinated management of the area, focusing on the unique Lemnian landscape and the practices that shape it.
Proposals to improve the institutional framework towards this direction through cooperation with local actors, making use of relevant policy tools.
Public awareness actions within and beyond Lemnos focusing on the local community with a special focus on young people via schools and Lemnian cultural organisations.
The Terra Lemnia Project has begun! Please find all the necessary information for the practices we run and learn how you can participate in one of them!
The first months of 2018 found the Terra Lemnia team on the field collecting data on agro-pastoral practices, biodiversity and soil in Lemnos.
Crucial in this research, which is ongoing, are Lemnian farmers who give us first-hand information on the past and present of agro-pastoral practices and production on the island. Special credit must be given to the Region of North Aegean and especially the Department of Agricultural Development, an institution with deep knowledge and knowhow on the island, for the support they have provided to the Terra Lemnia team.
Naturally, the long term success of the project depends on the collaboration among a number of national and local actors such as the Municipality of Lemnos, the Panlemnian School Fund, the Εphorate of Antiquities as well as various relevant Ministries.
The successful implementation of all the activities running in the first period through the participation of networks and producers, will allow its continuation until 2022.