Terra Lemnia project | Conserve and promote sustainable, traditional agro-pastoral practices of Lemnos

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.

Διεθνής Ομάδα επιστημόνων στο πεδίο

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.

Τοπικές ποικιλίες, ένας μοναδικός θησαυρός.

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.

H κτηνοτροφία στη Λήμνο: Το σήμερα και το χθες

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.

Ποιοτικά προϊόντα: Από το χωράφι στο ράφι

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.

Οι μάντρες της Λήμνου: Μια ανεκτίμητη κληρονομιά

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.

Η Λήμνος μέσα από τους ανθρώπους της

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!

Reports

Terra-Lemnia-Mantres report

CULTURAL ELEMENTS OF THE MANDRA SYSTEM OF LEMNOS

Published on Jul, 2019

The Cultural Elements of the Mandra System of Lemnos: A narrative approach’ documents the historic and socio-cultural background of the mandra system, through desktop research and community recordings (on-site interviews). This is a preliminary report, to be updated and concluded in September 2019.

biodiversity and soil elements in Lemnos Island

BIODIVERSITY AND MONITORING COLLABORATIVE MAP

This map and its tools were created by MedINA to facilitate data entry and assessment of links between selected agro-pastoral practices with biodiversity and soil elements in Lemnos Island. The data shown on the map and associated databases has been recorded on the field by a multi-disciplinary team of experts from five organisations, which form the Terra Lemnia Biodiversity Core Group.

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ASSESSMENT REPORT FOR THE INTERCONNECTIONS OF LAND USE PRACTICES AND LAND ABANDONMENT WITH BIODIVERSITY AND SOIL CHARACTERISTICS

Published on Mar, 2019

The ‘Assessment for the Interconnections of Land Use Practices and Land Abandonment with Biodiversity and Soil characteristics’ report records and prioritises biodiversity-friendly agro-pastoral practices used in Lemnos, guiding the process of selecting appropriate bio-indicator species for long term biodiversity monitoring in the island.

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REPORT OF LEMNOS AGRO-PASTORAL ECOSYSTEMS AVIFAUNA

Published on Dec, 2018

The ‘Lemnos Agro-Pastoral Ecosystems Avifauna’ report analyses the current status of avifauna on arable land, pastoral land and vineyards of four representative pilot areas of Lemnos, aiming to assess the relation between particular bird species and agro-pastoral practices.

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REPORT OF LEMNOS AGRO-PASTORAL ECOSYSTEMS FLORA

Published on Dec, 2018

The ‘Lemnos Agro-pastoral Ecosystems Flora’ report documents and compares the flora species found on different agro-pastoral ecosystems of Lemnos and assesses the impacts of different agro-pastoral practices on biodiversity.

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REPORT OF LEMNOS AGRO-PASTORAL ECOSYSTEMS BENEFICIAL INSECTS & OTHER ARTHROPOD FAUNA

Published on Dec, 2018

The ‘Lemnos Agro-Pastoral Ecosystems Avifauna’ report analyses the current status of avifauna on arable land, pastoral land and vineyards of four representative pilot areas of Lemnos, aiming to assess the relation between particular bird species and agro-pastoral practices.

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SEMIDETAILED SOIL MAPPING OF SELECTED AREAS IN LEMNOS ISLAND

Published on Dec, 2018

The ‘Semi-detailed Soil Mapping of Selected Areas in Lemnos Island’ report analyses the characteristics and current condition of Lemnian soils, based on field recordings and laboratory analysis of samples that have been collected in representative areas of the island.

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REPORT ON LEMNOS WILD RABBIT POPULATION

Published on Dec, 2018

The ‘Lemnos Wild Rabbit Population’ report assesses the impacts of wild rabbits on the agro-pastoral ecosystems of Lemnos and analyzes methods of population control and mitigation of damages caused on agricultural production.

THE LAND USE SYSTEMS OF LEMNOS ISLAND

Published on Dec, 2018

The ‘Land Use Systems of Lemnos island’ report analyses the main land use practices and land management regimes on Lemnos, combining desk survey with the results of questionnaire-based field recordings carried out in four pilot areas of the island. Current land use systems, recorded by this report, have been formed based on the traditional agro-pastoral practices used on the island for decades.

SEMINARIO_KTHNOTROFIA_TYROKOMIA

ΚΤΗΝΟΤΡΟΦΙΑ & ΤΥΡΟΚΟΜΙΑ, ΣΗΜΕΙΩΣΕΙΣ
ΕΚΠΑΙΔΕΥΤΙΚΟΥ ΣΕΜΙΝΑΡΙΟΥ

Published on Oct, 2018

The notes of the ‘Livestock Farming and Cheese Making’ seminar include theoretical and practical advice for livestock farmers of Lemnos, regarding grazing and livestock feeding, selection and management of breeds, as well as milk and cheese production.

Contact

Terra Lemnia project
info@terra-lemnia.net

Μεσογειακό Ινστιτούτο για τη Φύση και τον Άνθρωπο (MedINA)
The Agricultural University of Athens
The Society for the Protection of Prespa
The University of Aegean/ Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
he University of Aegean/ Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
The local NGO Anemoessa
Tour du Valat (TdV) Research Institute
Support by
the MAVA Foundation for Nature