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Bandeau Life+ Milouv
Number five  |  Monday, July 25 2016


Following the diagnostics, the feedback phase with the breeders has been underway and, for those who wished to continue with their commitment to Mil'Ouv's procedures, the first stages of monitoring in the field began in the spring. Four technical workshops were also organised in the Cévennes and Aveyron with groups of breeders belonging to the Mil'Ouv network.

It is expected to be a fine grazing season !



millions ha

The surface area of pastoral areas in the French Mediterranean zone
(source : enquête pastorale 2012-2014 ; LRE 2010)

The Technical and Pilot Committees

A Technical Committee meeting was held on 19 February, followed by a Pilot Committee on 7 April. The range of activities to be carried out during the first quarter of 2016 was reviewed: processing of data collected in the course of 130 diagnostics, production of publications, organisation of technical days for breeders, administrative officials and elected representatives.

See the full report of the Pilot Committee

Contact: Sébastien Girardin


Mil'Ouv exports its work to Albania

An eco-pastoral diagnostic mission was carried out in May 2016 by a multidisciplinary team from the BiodivBalkans and Mil'Ouv programmes in the Karaburun Nature Reserve (in the Vlora district) in Albania. It was the second experience of application of the eco-pastoral diagnostic method developed by the Life+ Mil'Ouv programme in this country.

Read the article on the exchange with Albania

Contact: Julien Marie


Awareness day for elected representatives and administrative authorities

On 29 June, an awareness day was organised at Supagro Florac for elected representatives on the challenges of pastoralism and open habitats. The goal was to make local elected representatives aware of the link between pastoralism and landscape conservation. They confirmed their interest in specific information tools for local authorities, especially concerning the subject of setting-up, to be able to pursue the approach in their district. On 5 July, an information exchange day brought together 25 participants from local authorities and communities. The theme was "Planning documents (SCOT - planning for territorial coherence; PLU - local town planning, etc): the mobilisation of local tools to accompany pastoralism in the districts". The summary of the meeting is currently in preparation.

Contact: Nathalie Bletterie 

Mil’Ouv technical workshops: the exchange dynamic continues!

In the spring, four technical workshops were held in the project areas: three in the Cévennes National Park on the theme of "Discoveries and exchanges on flora, fauna and pastoral resources" and a workshop in south Aveyron on the theme of "the management of land parcels and fencing". It provided an opportunity for breeders and technicians to meet and discuss their practises in the field. Nearly 70 participants attended the different workshops.

Read the article and the workshop reports

Contacts: Julien Marie; Fabienne Launay


The preparation of Mil'Ouv publications

Two works are in preparation with the aim of highlighting and communicating the results of the Mil'Ouv programme. The first, the Mil'Ouv technical notebook n°2, will combine aspects of management with technical questions that have emerged from the field, such as: "How can we evaluate/manage the dynamics of wooded areas?". These issues will be illustrated by specific situations encountered during eco-pastoral diagnostics. The second publication is intended for the general public and will aim to promote pastoralism and its role in maintaining open habitats that are rich in biodiversity.

The two collections are planned to be published in 2017.

Contact : Marceline Peglion


Launch of the HNV-Link project: a site in the Causses and Cévennes area

The "HNV Link" research project (High Nature Value farming: learning, innovation and knowledge) piloted by the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Montpellier (Institut Agronomique Méditerranéen de Montpellier-CIHEAM-IAMM) was launched in April 2016 for a 3-year period. One of the programme's objectives is to identify solutions "that contribute to improving social and economic viability and maintaining the environmental qualities of HNV farming systems" within ten European areas of exceptional biodiversity. The Causses and Cévennes area is one of the sites included in the project.

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With a 50% contribution from the Life financial instrument of the European Union.
And financial support
of :

- 19 to 23 September 2016 and 27 to 31 March 2017 (Florac): “Eco-pastoral diagnostics” for agricultural and environmental technicians and teachers from agricultural colleges.  For more information: see programme and registration form


- 8 November 2016 (Montpellier SupAgro): a seminar organised by the French Pastoralism Association (Association Française de Pastoralisme - AFP): Pastoral activity and territorial dynamics – What are the perspectives, what are the synergies?


- June 2016 - Patrick Fabre “Pasteurs, paysages - Pastoralisme en Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur“ (Grazing and landscapes – Pastoralism in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region)”, a joint publication by Actes Sud and the Maison de la Transhumance. 


- The final seminar final of the LIFE+ Mil'Ouv project will be organised jointly with the UNESCO-listed Causses and Cévennes site from 12 to 15 June 2017. Save the dates in your diary right now!

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