About project

The project

The Terra Lemnia project aims to build a common vision for sustainable development of Lemnos Island based on conservation and restoration of the extensive agro-pastoral practices that favour local biodiversity and shape the unique landscape of the island. These practices are mainly characterised by, and organised around, the element of traditional ‘mandras’.

The Terra Lemnia project is coordinated by the Mediterranean Institute for Nature and Anthropos (MedINA) and is funded by the MAVA Foundation for Nature under the M6 Strategy “Loss of biodiversity by abandonment of cultural practices” as an example of an insular landscape. Terra Lemnia was launched in September 2017 and will run for a five-year period until 2022. The main project partners are the Agricultural University of Athens, the University of Aegean, the Hellenic Ornithological Society, the local NGO Anemoessa, the Society for the Protection of Prespa and the Tour du Valat (TdV) Research Institute, while the team also includes scientists from the Universities of Gottingen and Patras.

About project

The Terra Lemnia project aims to build a common vision for sustainable development of Lemnos Island based on conservation and restoration of the extensive agro-pastoral practices that favour local biodiversity and shape the unique landscape of the island. These practices are mainly characterised by, and organised around, the element of traditional ‘mandras’.

The Terra Lemnia project is coordinated by the Mediterranean Institute for Nature and Anthropos (MedINA) and is funded by the MAVA Foundation for Nature under the M6 Strategy “Loss of biodiversity by abandonment of cultural practices” as an example of an insular landscape. Terra Lemnia was launched in September 2017 and will run for a five-year period until 2022. The main project partners are the Agricultural University of Athens, the University of Aegean, the Hellenic Ornithological Society, the local NGO Anemoessa, the Society for the Protection of Prespa and the Tour du Valat (TdV) Research Institute, while the team also includes scientists from the Universities of Gottingen and Patras.

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A Mediterranean partnership

Terra Lemnia is part of a larger Mediterranean program aimed at “Preserving traditional cultural practices that shape landscapes of high ecological value maintained by sustainable human practices”.

Lemnos is one of the pilot areas, the others being the Dehesas/Montados in the Iberian Peninsula, specifically in Andalusia and Extremadura in Spain and Alentejo in Portugal, the High Atlas in Morocco, Mount Shouf in Lebanon and Menorca in Spain.

These five areas have been selected as excellent indicative examples of areas of high ecological value, in which programs for the preservation and promotion of natural wealth and human practices that shape it are being implemented.

The respective programs are funded by the Swiss Foundation MAVA as part of its Mediterranean Strategy for the years 2017-2022. The aim of this effort is to support those traditional and sustainable management practices of the primary sector, that contribute to the preservation of biodiversity and the unique landscapes of the Mediterranean. Abandonment of these practices and the shift to solely industrialized production can lead to irreversible damage to the ecosystems and biodiversity, with devastating consequences for humans.

A Mediterranean partnership

Terra Lemnia is part of a larger Mediterranean program aimed at “Preserving traditional cultural practices that shape landscapes of high ecological value maintained by sustainable human practices”.

Lemnos is one of the pilot areas, the others being the Dehesas/Montados in the Iberian Peninsula, specifically in Andalusia and Extremadura in Spain and Alentejo in Portugal, the High Atlas in Morocco, Mount Shouf in Lebanon and Menorca in Spain.

These five areas have been selected as excellent indicative examples of areas of high ecological value, in which programs for the preservation and promotion of natural wealth and human practices that shape it are being implemented.

The respective programs are funded by the Swiss Foundation MAVA as part of its Mediterranean Strategy for the years 2017-2022. The aim of this effort is to support those traditional and sustainable management practices of the primary sector, that contribute to the preservation of biodiversity and the unique landscapes of the Mediterranean. Abandonment of these practices and the shift to solely industrialized production can lead to irreversible damage to the ecosystems and biodiversity, with devastating consequences for humans.

RootedEveryday

The #RootedEveryday Campaign

In the framework of the Mediterranean partnership, the Rooted Everyday awareness raising campaign is also taking place.

The focus of Rooted Everyday is to examine the primary sector practices with an emphasis on agriculture, livestock farming and logging in the pilot areas of the Mediterranean program: Mount Shouf in Lebanon, the High Atlas in Morocco and the areas of Dehesa and Montado in Spain and Portugal. Rooted Everyday wants to inspire people to connect to nature and to form a global ethical community that celebrates different cultures and supports biodiversity by showing the true value of reconnecting to the lands that sustain humankind. Through an exploration of traditional farming practices, local gastronomy and verbal tradition, Rooted

Everyday is aiming to inform and mobilize the public to engage with nature, cultural heritage and biodiversity through sustainable emergent ways of rural development.

The literary competition titled #MedStoryPrize will be held for children and young people in the elementaries and high schools of all the pilot areas of the program, as well as the adults of the respective countries. The digital campaign of #MedFoodHeroes will also be held in the same regions, focusing on the “heroes” of the Mediterranean diet.

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