Grupo Ecohabitat Ibérico and Innogestiona Ambiental represented the LIFE ScrubsNet project at the 4th Iberian Dehesa/Montado Congress, with an information stand and a presentation on the importance of scrubland, respectively. The event was attended by other ScrubsNet partners and collaborators such as the University of Évora, the University of Cordoba, the Regional Government of Extremadura (DG Sustainability) and the Spanish Federation of Dehesa (FEDEHESA).
During the first day of the Congress, Raquel Vicente and Javier Alonso, from the EcoHabitat Group, disseminated the Scrubsnet project at their information stand in the networking area of the event, which was visited by professionals, technical and research staff, farm managers, students and stakeholders in the adaptation of the Montado/Dehesa to climate change, as the main theme of the congress.
The first day included a series of technical presentations inspired by the knowledge gathered and discussed in the LIFE Montado-Adapt project, as well as other experiential, academic and innovative initiatives, with the aim of showing solutions that contribute to the adaptation of the Dehesa to climate change, preserving its natural values, implementing new forms of organisation and management that provide greater economic benefits for rural areas, and creating new products and services that are essential for sustainability.
It was on the second day when Juan Pablo Martín (Innogestiona Ambiental), coordinator of the LIFE ScrubsNet project, presented the objectives and main actions included in the project with the aim of highlighting the potential of scrubland from an ecological, economic and social point of view, during the study visit to the La Rinconada.
Participation in the 4th Iberian Dehesa/Montado Congress was a success in terms of participation and level of presentations, with posters and publications that serve as a reference for the management of dehesas/montados in the face of the challenges posed by climate change. The full programme as well as the associated publications are available on the website: https://ivcongresodehesamontado.lifemontadoadapt.com/es
The LIFE Scrubsnet project is co-financed by the European Union through the LIFE20 programme NAT/ES/000978.