Market Awareness of Opportunities for Extensive Livestock and Sustainable Agriculture
01/10/2020 – 30/09/2025
Total Project Budget
EU Financial Contribution
Maronesa is a bovine breed originating in the north of Portugal, whose meat is protected by the EU’s Protected Designation of Origin (DOP) regime. The reduction in grazing activity and the consequent abandonment of highland rangelands in recent decades has resulted in increased shrub growth and loss of good quality perennial rangeland. Not only does this reduce carbon storage in soils, but it also, along with climate trends, increases the risk of wildfires, which further exacerbate these problems.
What we do?
- We promote the transfer of knowledge between cattle ranchers, local population and final consumers;
- We monitor, evaluate and communicate the ecological, social and economic results obtained with the application of implemented agricultural and livestock practices;
- We contribute to improving understanding and enlightenment about the benefits of extensive livestock;
- We replicate a sustainable livestock production model, adapted to climate change, on a larger scale, with transfer to other territorial areas.