Draw context-tailored strategies of preservation, diffusion and valorisation of the cultural heritage (both tangible and intangible) and of the environment. Stimulate sustainable development in rural areas. Analyse the efficiency of these systems and the current problems of survival within the context of global climate change and the framework of European policies:
- Analysis of ecosystem services starting from mountain agricultural and livestock spaces in the Mediterranean. Examine the role played by agroecosystems in maintaining biodiversity (wild and cultivated, including their ancestors). Trace an historical trajectory of agroecosystems leading to the creation of a “High Nature Value farmland”.
- Proposals for improving resources-use efficiency and conservation of cultural landscapes associated with traditional agricultural and livestock activities, in order to contribute to a sustainable development of the study areas from a social and environmental point of view, while enhancing their heritage and natural values.
- Promote the protection of agropastoral mountain landscapes, within the strategies of the European Landscape Convention, with the aim of proposing some of these areas to the UNESCO world heritage list.
- Foster and disseminate traditional skills and know-how. This will allow reinforcing the local identity of rural communities within the study areas, involving local communities in our research as active members possessing the knowledge that must be preserved as a vehicle to ensure the survival of their own landscapes. The dissemination will take place for both general and specialised public by conducting outreach activities such as: workshops, conferences, exhibitions, publications, social media, project website and so on.