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Bandeau Life+ Milouv
Number three  |  Tuesday, July 28 2015

We will reach the target of 130 diagnostics this autumn! 

Progress is being made in the regions with on-farm diagnostics, which are the basis for cross-referencing pastoral practices:

   * In the Aveyron, in parallel with the collective feedback and exchange sessions, reporting sessions will be held at the farms of 8 breeders at the beginning of the summer. This new chance for exchange between breeders and technicians (Idele, CEN L-R, the Chamber of Agriculture, the Grands Causses Regional Natural Park) will provide the opportunity to work on more detailed adjustment of practices: redefinition of paddock boundaries, adaptation of the pasture management calendar, etc.     

* In the Cévennes National Park, 57 farmers have already been interviewed. These interviews identified their expectations and their point of view and a feeding strategy was defined for each of them. The first eco-pastoral diagnostics have been launched in the Lozère and the Gard with the support of the pastoralism department of the Regional Chamber of Agriculture. By the end of the summer, this work will have benefitted 40 farms or pastoral groups. Three technicians and two project coordinators will be employed during this phase, together with four technicians from the Languedoc Roussillon and the Gard Regional Chambers of Agriculture. Altogether 200 days will have been spent on farms between June and October. 

* In the Ardèche, work will be carried out in the field this autumn with 4 breeders. The Chamber of Agriculture, the Olivier de Serres agricultural college in Aubenas and the Syndicat Mixte Ardèche Claire joint venture are involved in this.

* In the Hérault, the Gard, the Aude and the Pyrénées-Orientales, the Conservatory of Natural Areas in Languedoc-Roussillon (CEN L-R) and the Languedoc-Roussillon Regional Chamber of Agriculture (CRA L-R) partnership will meet around thirty breeders and launch or continue diagnostics.

Between now and the autumn, the 130 diagnostics planned will be completed: there will be a great variety of experiences to study and develop as a result!


Partnerships are being reinforced through the MIL'OUV project

Following the example of the FR CIVAM  L-R and the IAM in Montpellier, the Languedoc-Roussillon Regional Chamber of Agriculture has formalised its investment in the project. A research and development cooperation agreement was signed in May 2015 between the CRA L-R and the CEN L-R on one hand, and between the CRA L-R and the Idele on the other. This agreement specifies the terms and conditions of cooperation up to the end of 2017. The CRA L-R will draw on the skills of its pastoralism department and will provide support for farm diagnostics and their follow-up. It will also take part in organising technical workshops for breeders as well as training sessions.

A natural cooperation that provides concrete evidence of this body’s involvement in MIL’OUV since the project was set up.


Mil’Ouv shares its knowledge ... in Albania

At the beginning of July, 3 members of the Mil’Ouv team (PNC, Idele, CEN L-R) travelled to Albania with IAMM colleagues to establish contacts between the BiodivBalkans programmes and Mil’Ouv. The goals identified are:

- to transfer the principles of the Mil’Ouv eco-pastoral diagnostic method to local colleagues (the breeders’ association, NGOs, etc.), and to test the method in other contexts;

- to cross-reference and develop pastoral practices in the Has District of Albania;

- to help draw up specifications for a Has goat Geographical Indication label, focusing on pastoral practices and biodiversity.


A 6-day immersion period in a rural area of Albania making contact with breeders will help to put into perspective the work being done in our own regions and to share new experiences.

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 * 3 new training sessions on "agropastoral management and biodiversity" are already scheduled: 

- 21/25 September 2015

- 14/18 March 2016 

- 19/23 September 2016

 These training sessions are aimed at agricultural technicians, environment managers, teachers, etc. They will be held at the Supagro offices in Florac.

Contact: Nathalie Bletterie 




* A technical handbook is being completed presenting the different stages of the eco-pastoral diagnostics method. It will be accompanied by a compilation of the survey documents and IT tools created to develop these. Contact: Guilhem Dessailly 

* The MIL'OUV method has been adapted to agricultural teaching. A BTS class at the Aubenas agricultural college and another at the Centre de Formation du Merle training course for shepherds have acquired a new approach to eco-pastoral management. Contact: Marie-Claire Chardes 

* Preparation of a publication on eco-pastoral management of open habitats. Emphasis will be placed on accounts of experiences. Contact: Thibaut Rodriguez

What opportunities are there for pastoralism in a peri-urban area?

In partnership with the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Montpellier (IAMM) and the local authorities of the greater Montpellier metropolitan region (MMM, the Communities of the Grand Pic Saint Loup Communes, etc.), an intern is currently collating information on obstacles and problems from breeders and elected officials, as well as on the opportunities to grasp in support of pastoral activities in the peri-urban areas of Montpellier. Fire prevention, access to land, multiple use, management of heritage habitats, etc, will all be included in the main topics of the internship, focusing on practical activities in support of pastoralism in the area. 

Contact:  Caroline Bascoul

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