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Bandeau Life+ Milouv
Number two  |  Wednesday, July 08 2015


From the launch of eco-pastoral diagnostics in the field, training teachers and making videos presenting the programme: a great deal has been happening since our first newsletter! Here is a status report.

In addition to developing its activities, a “Mil’Ouv” spirit is growing through sharing knowledge and a common culture.




This is the number of eco-pastoral diagnostics that are under way in the Cévennes National Park and in the Aveyron and Ardèche departments. 



The first lessons from on-going diagnostics relating to the Grands Causses Regional Natural Park (Aveyron)

In Aveyron, work is well under way. This summer Célia Abadie, our trainee, met 12 breeders; her goal was to learn how the farms function and to identify the breeders who have questions concerning the use of the areas of their land that are part of the programme.

Work in the field has taken place since the autumn, with the launch of eco-pastoral assessments carried out by the French Livestock Institute (Institut de l’Elevage) and the CEN. To date, 3 assessments have been completed and 2 are under way. Here is the initial feedback:

• Precise field diagnostics were carried out in several representative enclosures on the farm. It is vital for these to be chosen correctly. A 2-stage approach seems to us to be the most appropriate. An initial, rapid tour of the land (with the breeder if possible) permits the main tendencies to be identified: the level of the ecological challenges, vegetation dynamics, etc. At this stage, sharing them with the breeders ensures that their requests and our support are more specific. A return visit to the field is then required to fine tune an assessment.

• Assessment procedures are often insufficiently used. Although it is easy to observe a situation in the field, solutions will be far more complicated to identify and, especially, to implement on dairy sheep farms with high levels of production.

To ensure the conservation of heritage habitats and initiate agreements with breeders, it is possible to run projects with some of the latter to implement the proposals made after an assessment has been made: installing fencing, creating drinking ponds, clearing brushwood, as examples. The CEN regularly carries out this type of small project with the help of volunteers.

Contact: Benjamin Sirot, Guilhem Dessailly, Fabienne Launay, Lisa Chateaugiron & Sébastien Girardin.



New partners reinforce the project team with new skills and experience!


The FR CIVAM L-R (Languedoc-Roussillon Regional Federation of Centres for Enhancing Agriculture and Rural Initiatives), the Grands Causses Regional Natural Park (PNR des Grands Causses), the Languedoc-Roussillon Regional Chamber of Agriculture (Chambre Régionale d’Agriculture LR), the Copage association and the Chambers of Agriculture for the 48 (Lozère), 30 (Gard), and 12 (Aveyron) departments have joined the programme.



Feedback on the first training session: “biodiversity and agro-pastoral management”

The first LIFE+Mil’Ouv training course for teachers and advisors took place at SupAgro Florac from 17-21 November 2014.  Eight  trainees attended, from all over France.







The instructors, members of the Mil'Ouv team, presented the diagnostic and agro-pastoral management tools developed during the first year of the programme and supervised their application in the field by the trainees during two farm visits. During the subsequent analysis and feedback sessions there was energetic debate regarding both the diagnostics method and the implementation of pastoral management for certain management units in relation to the overall operation of the farm. Contact Nathalie BLETTERIE 




What are the benefits and the costs of pastoralism?

A study of the costs and benefits of pastoralism is under way to provide new arguments in support of pastoralism and identify the driving forces behind it. It combines observations at 2 levels: that of the region and the farm.


Pastoralism support projects led by regional representatives are analysed: benefits for local authorities are highlighted, such as biodiversity, fire prevention and the contribution to the local economy. Feedback on experience also enables problems to be identified. All these factors will be used as the basis for communication to local authorities and other regional representatives to help them with their own procedures!


For farms, pastoral practises may, for example, lead to a change in working conditions, marketing constraints, feed economies and subsequent improvement in budget balance. These factors are being analysed through farm surveys.



We are interested in the experience of breeders or regional representatives involved in pastoralism development projects. Please contact Jessica HURON  


* Two new Training Sessions on “biodiversity and agro-pastoral management” are planned at Florac: 9 - 13 March 2015 and 21 - 25 September 2015SEE THE PROGRAMME 

* 27 February 2015: preparation for feedback on diagnostics to the breeders of the Aveyron department

* 31 March 2015: Steering Committee at Florac

* 19 November 2015 at Montpellier Supagro: AFP Seminar (French Pastoralism Association) on the theme of agroecology

* LIFE RICOPRI (Italy): international conference on 26 and 27 March 2015 "Management and conservation of dry grasslands on the Natura 2000 sites". For more information  

* Herbe Massif Central: the next Massif Central grass association seminar will be on 17 March 2015 and will include a presentation of the LIFE + MIL'OUV programme.  For more information



Réseau Agriculture Durable de Moyenne Montagne  (Network for sustainable agriculture in mid-altitude mountain areas) Visit the site 



Videos of the programme presentation ... to find out all you need to know in images ... with the project stakeholders.

Watch the video of the Life+MIL'OUV programme presentation

Watch the video of the Life+MIL’OUV programme launch

Watch the video of the creation of a diagnostics tool on the farm 



Agri-Environment and Climate projects (Projets Agro-Environnementaux et climatiques - PAEC) in Languedoc-Roussillon. Establishment of a specific preliminary diagnostics working group, in the spirit of LIFE+MIL’OUV and its working practices.

Since the end of 2014, a working group has been coordinated by the Languedoc-Roussillon Regional Directorate for Food, Agriculture and Forestry (Direction régionale de l’Alimentation, de l’Agriculture et de la Forêt - DRAAF L-R) and the Languedoc-Roussillon Region, bringing together the Regional Department of the Environment, Planning and Housing (Direction régionale de l'environnement, de l'aménagement et du lodgement - DREAL L-R), the Departmental Directorate of Territories and the Sea (Direction Départementale des Territoires et de la Mer - DDTM), the Rhone-Mediterranean and Corsica Water Agency (Agence de l'Eau RMC), the Regional Chamber of Agriculture, the Mediterranean Mountain and Livestock Agricultural Utility Service (Service d’utilité agricole montagne méditerranéenne et élevage - OIER-SUAMME), the Cévennes National Park, the Languedoc-Roussillon Natura 2000 association co-ordinators and the Conservatory of Natural Areas in Languedoc-Roussillon (Conservatoire d'espaces naturels – CEN LR). The objective of this group is to propose a regional framework for preliminary methods of agri-environmental diagnostics prior to the signature of Agri-Environment and Climate Measures (MAEC) contracts. Previously, the working group established the fact that these diagnostics are useful, even vital for defining and identifying the measures to propose to farmers. Several types of diagnostics are currently being developed according to the challenges (water, biodiversity, grass, etc.) and the different agricultural practises (viticulture, arboriculture, etc.) with, obviously, a specific focus on breeding. The “Mil'ouv spirit” is shared in common at this stage since a joint diagnostic is carried out by ecologists and pastoralists with a single report in view.


For more information visit the DRAAF LR website. 


Contact: Benjamin Sirot  at CEN LR or Kevin Boisset at DRAAF LR 


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