1st Edition

Governance for Mediterranean Silvopastoral Systems Lessons from the Iberian Dehesas and Montados

    336 Pages 44 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    336 Pages 44 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book is about the resilience of silvo-pastoral systems now, and in the future. As such, it is about people. The goal is to fill the gap in the knowledge on silvo-pastoral systems and their changing trends, by adding the human dimension, with enough detail to draw inferences about the new governance solutions that are needed to address the multiple challenges faced by silvo-pastoral systems. As such, the book provides  knowledge applicable to current and future silvo-pastoral territories in other regions across the world.

    The volume is divided into three sections: people and institutions, the institutional framework, and governance models. Each section, composed of several chapters, draws on empirical work about the Iberian montado and dehesa as well as from other similar systems in the Mediterranean, both on the northern and on the southern sides, in order to broaden its scope and cover a wider range of situations and examples. Some of the chapters rely more strongly on empirical findings and current experiences, others on a literature review and reflection by the authors over many years working with these systems. The conclusion sums up the most relevant findings from each chapter and discusses how research can progress so that new scientific approaches and evidence can support better adapted governance models of silvopastoral systems to face future challenges.

    This text will be highly valuable to university and research institute libraries, academics, policy officials, and stakeholder groups, such as NGOs and sectoral organizations, who wish to better understand the relevance of the human factor and use this knowledge to find sustainable solutions. It will be a central reading for postgraduate students enrolled in rural planning, landscape management and governance, agronomy and forestry, as well as geography and socio-ecology programmes, that have a focus on sustainable land use management and supporting mixed farming systems.

    1. Introduction

    Teresa Pinto-Correia, Maria Helena Guimarães, Rufino Acosta and Gerardo Moreno

    Part 1 People

    2. Landowners

    Teresa Pinto Correia, Pedro Herrera and Rufino Acosta-Naranjo

    3. Decisions by farmers and land managers at the farm level

    José Muñoz Rojas and Teresa Pinto-Correia

    4. Professions and Local Users

    Rufino Acosta, Teresa Pinto-Correia Laura Amores-Lemus

    5. The role of large companies in the cork exploitation of dehesas and montados

    Francisco M. Parejo-Moruno, José Francisco Rangel-Preciado, Amélia Branco, Antonio Linares, Esteban Cruz-Hidalgo

    6. Gender and women in the governance of silvopastoral systems

    Elisa Oteros-Rozas, Victoria Quintero-Morón, Federica Ravera, Ignacio García-Pereda, María Fernández-Giménez

    7. Societal views on the silvo-pastoral systems

    Diana Surová and Teresa Pinto-Correia

    Part 2 Institutions and the institutional framework

    8. The spatial, temporal and social construction of the concept of silvopastoral systems. The case of montado and dehesa

    José Ramón Guzman-Ávarez and Maria Helena Guimarães

    9. Property rights and rights of use

    Rufino Acosta-Naranjo, Teresa Pinto-Correia and Laura Amores-Lemus

    10. Regulatory and institutional frameworks of silvopastoral systems in Tunisia

    Mariem Khalfaoui, Ali Chebil, Hamed Daly-Hassen and Aymen Frija

    11. The Complexity of Public Policies in Iberian Montados and Dehesas

    José Muñoz-Rojas, José Ramón Guzmán-Álvarez and Isabel Loupa Ramos  

    Part 3 Governance models

    12. Conflicts in the governance of Iberian silvo-pastoral systems

    Pedro Herrera and Fernando Pulido

    13. The governance of collective actions in agro-silvo- pastoral systems in Tunisia: A historical institutional analysis

    Aymen Frija, Mariem Sghaier, Mondher Fetoui, Boubaker Dhehibi, Mongi Sghaier

    14. Multi-actor platforms as a mechanism for actively bringing together actors and their interests

    Maria Helena Guimarães and Pedro Herrera

    15. Time for collective  actions

    Gerardo Moreno, Pedro Herrera, Maria Helena Guimarães and Isabel Ferraz de Oliveira

    16. Collective and individual approaches to pastoral land governance in Greek silvopastoral systems: The case of sheep and goat transhumance

    Athanasios Ragkos and Stavriani Koutsou

    17. Modernising silvopastoral territories through new governance schemes

    Pier Paolo Rogero, Antonello Franca, Claudio Porqueddu, Giovanna Seddaiu, Gerardo Moreno

    18. Conclusion

    Gerardo Moreno, Rufino Acosta-Naranjo, Maria Helena Guimarães and Teresa Pinto-Correia


    Teresa Pinto-Correia is a Portuguese geographer, with a record of publications on the dynamics and change of European rural landscapes at multiple scales, with a particular focus on silvo-pastoral systems of Iberia. She is full professor at university of Évora and the director of MED (www.med.uevora.pt), a R&I unit of 180 researchers, with a systemic and interdisciplinary perspective on Mediterranean agriculture and environment.

    Helena Guimarães is a Portuguese environmental scientist, researcher at MED www.med.uevora.pt, and coordinator of the thematic line: Transdisciplinarity and co-construction of knowledge of LABscape – Mediterranean Landscape Systems Lab and Co-coordinator of MED thematic Line: Governance and Rural Dynamics.

    Gerardo Moreno, is a Spanish biologist, specialized on soil science and agroforestry, focussed on the study of the functioning, management and provision of ecosystem services by Iberian dehesas. He is full professor at university of Extremadura and  member of INDEHSA (Institute for the study of Iberian Dehesas; www.indehesa.unex.es). 

    Rufino Acosta Naranjo is a Spanish anthropologist and professor of the University of Seville, specialized on Ecological Anthropology and Rural Societies focusing on traditional agro-ecosystems, in particular the dehesa, as well as on Agroecology, and biodiversity. He is currently working on initiatives against rural depopulation.