Open to Preserve - Sustainable Management Model for the Preservation of Open Mountain Landscapes

Start: 2018-03-01 | End: 2021-02-28

Value: 2301334.00 €

CETRAD Value: 183000.00 €

Financier: FEDER (1.726.000,50 €) - “Project co-financed by the INTERREG SUDOE Programme through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)”

Research Group: Society , Territory, Resources and Policies

Research Line: Agri-food Systems, Forest and Sustainability in Rural Areas

Geral Coordinator : Rosa María Canals Tresserras (Universidad Publica de Navarra)

CETRAD Coordinator: Filipa Conceição Silva Furtado Torres Meneres Manso

Members Involved:

Ana Alexandra Vilela Marta Rio Costa ;


Agência Estatal Conselho Superior de Investigações Científicas ; Câmara da Agricultura dos Pirinéus-Atlânticos ; Centro Nacional de Pesquisa Científica ; CTC - Centro Tecnolóxico da Carne ; Fundação para a Ecologia do Fogo e Gestão de Incêndios Pau Costa Alcubierre ; Instituto Navarro de Tecnologias e Infraestruturas Agroalimentares, S.A. ; Instituto Politécnico de Bragança ; Junta da Andaluzia ; Sociedade de pecuária dos Pirinéus Orientais ; Universidade Autónoma de Barcelona ; Universidade de Santiago de Compostela - USC ; Universidade Pública de Navarra ; UTAD - Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro ;

Document: Poster of Open to Preserve - Sustainable Management Model for the Preservation of Open Mountain Landscapes



European landscapes with open agroforestry, have evolved under a natural and herbivorous fire regime that today can be imitated by sustainable management practices. Controlled burning and guided grazing are presented as key options to reduce fuel accumulation, delay the expansion of the wood component, and avoid the loss of mosaic landscapes and their associated biodiversity.

The main objective of the OPEN2PRESERVE project is to interconnect current interdisciplinary scientific knowledge with technology and practical operation to implement and valorize combined techniques that guarantee the preservation of ecosystem services linked to open spaces of high natural value. The project proposes the development of different regional pilot experiences, based on the combination of guided herbivorism and initial techniques of fuel reduction through controlled burning. In all the experiments, we try to offer innovative solutions that guarantee the economic viability of this practices and can be pointed out as examples for the accomplishment of similar initiatives at local and regional level.

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