Short side events

Biocultural heritage – rare Woody plants in marginal growing regions (27/9/2016) - 17:30-19:00 - Room: 007BA
27/9/2016 - 17:30-19:00 (Room: 007BA)

Description:

The meeting aims to the establishment of a workgroup for the future project focusing mainly on the cooperation in research and implementation of knowledge to education at universities (EKA2+,COST). The main objective focuses on the development of the European database of rare woody plants in silvo-pastoral systems and possibilities of preservation, practical use in the tourism development and product processing industries. Rare woody plants are important features of agrobiodiversity in many landscapes. They provide different landscaping, ecological, economic functions and huge amount of products such as wood, fruits, flowers, honey, mushrooms etc. They represent economic potential – as local attractive landscape features interacting with local based products and traditions. Its existence strongly depends on human maintenance (mowing and cattle grazing) that is insufficient. Meeting has an ambition to open the discussion on implementation of biocultural knowledge on rare but useful woody plants into the management rules of silvo-pastoral ecosystems. Promotional and educational activities might be used in agro-tourism in many marginal regions where rare woody plants are situated.

 

Convening organizers:
Technical University in Zvolen researchers

 

For registration/information, please contact:
Michal Pástor: michalpastor65@gmail.com
Martina Slámová: mslamova@hotmail.com

Global Network on Silvopastoral Systems (27/9/2016) - 17:30-19:00 - Room: 124BES
27/9/2016 - 17:30-19:00 (Room: 124BES)

Description:

The Global Network on Silvopastoral Systems (GNSPS) emerged as a proposal during the 5th meeting of   the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock held in 2014, in Cali, Colombia, thanks to the interest  generated from advances in this and other countries, in different silvo-pastoral models combining  pastures, trees, fodder shrubs, and cattle.  There are many initiatives aimed at the inclusion of the shrub and tree components in livestock systems in the world. However, the information is scattered in different sectors such as forestry (wood, pulp and energy), grazing and pastoralism, agriculture and livestock systems. Therefore, there is a need to create interfaces that facilitate the permanent contact between successful silvo-pastoral production systems and experiences around the world and between different disciplines and sectors, such as research, development, policy and market. The GNSPS is intended to serve as the platform to exchange that information and to promote silvo-pastoral systems in different regions and scales of production. As a result of the first activities, the network has 62 stakeholders from 16 countries mainly from Latin America representing research centers, universities, farmer associations, governmental agencies, NGOs and the private sector.  The purpose of this side-event in the framework of the World Congress Silvo-Pastoral Systems 2016 is to present the network to a broader audience, to gather information about strategic stakeholders from other parts of the world. The event will include short presentations of the network and its progress to date and a workshop with all the participants to discuss ideas about the future development of the network.

 

Convening organizers:
Global Network on Silvopastoral Systems

 

For registration/information, please contact:
Julián Chará: julian@fun.cipav.org.co

Presentation of the new montado of Herdade do Freixo do Meio (HFM) including a tasting of its products (28/9/2016) - 17:30-19:00 - Room: 007BA
28/9/2016 - 17:30-19:00 (Room: 007BA)

Description:

In the last decades there has been a tendency to classify agroforestry systems to help focus on particular aspects of different practices with specific objectives. However, in practice, the management of land use at farm scale has a wide range of options and decisions to be made at operational level following a certain strategy.
Farmers can adopt certain agroforestry practices to suit and enhance their business as usual. What if agroforestry is considered the central key for the farming system and the business as usual is built under the “agroforestry concept umbrella” to produce different farming activities?
We introduce a holistic agroforestry business model running in practice in Herdade do Freixo do Meio (HFM), about 100 km east of Lisbon. This farm has 423ha running a business which strategy is based on sustainability concepts. There are three pillars in the current sustainable management model: Deepening, Widening and Repositioning. The farm has the social responsibility of employing about 20 local people.
The cornerstone in the management strategy is the improvement of the soil quality as this is considered vital to surrounding around 300 satellite products and services coming from the farm. Trees under the Montado agroforestry system are vital in the management as they provide such services.

The responsible for HFM will present a 120 ha reforestation project of a new montado applying ecological principles directed towards the goal of optimizing natural processes and a sustained increase in productivity under autopoietic conditions (duration: 15 minutes).
An exchange of ideas between the speaker and the conference participants will follow, with a tasting of montado’s organic products.
– Traditional wood-oven bread
– Iberian black pork sausage
– Acorn croquettes (vegetarian)
– Red wine and grape must

The presentation and discussion may be held in English, Spanish or Portuguese (according to the participants’ nationality).

 

Convening organizers:
Herdade do Freixo do Meio (HFM)

 

For registration/information, please contact:
Alfredo Cunhal Sendim: freixodomeio@gmail.com

Evergreen Grazing Systems for Land Restoration: Building an international partnership (28/9/2016) - 17:30-19:00 - Room: 131BES
28/9/2016 - 17:30-19:00 (Room: 131BES)

Description:

The purpose of this session is to:

1) Introduce EverGreen Grazing Systems as a galvanizing concept/perspective that captures and communicates the potential of sustainable silvopasture systems for transforming production systems around the globe for increased food security, improved livelihoods, land restoration and enhanced ecological resilience; and;

2) Explore opportunities for building effective international partnerships around EverGreen Grazing Systems, bridging tropical and temperate zones, industrialized and developing countries, for advancing the science, support and adoption of sustainable silvopasture systems.

The session will begin with brief presentations by Shibu Jose and Dennis Garrity, and two other speakers highlighting topics including:

 – 1) ongoing efforts of the Evergreen Agriculture Partnership;

 – 2) networks in temperate North America for supporting research and adoption of silvopasture and savanna mimicking restoration agriculture systems;

 – 3) large-scale expansion of Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration in Africa, involving hundreds of thousands of smallholder farmers across the continent shifting to farming systems that are restoring exhausted soils increasing food crop yields and

 – 4) trends in the Assisted Natural Regeneration of rangelands on a large scale; and

 – 5) discussion of models from elsewhere around the world.

A robust discussion and Question and Answer session with participants will follow.

 

Convening organizers:

EverGreen Agriculture Partnership; University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry

For registration/information, please contact:

Dennis Garrity, Senior Fellow, ICRAF, d.garrity@cgiar.org

Shibu Jose, Director, Center for Agroforestry, U. Missouri, joses@missouri.edu

Silvopastoral International Covenant (28/9/2016) - 17:30-19:00 - Room: 008BA
28/9/2016 - 17:30-19:00 (Room: 008BA)

Description:

The Silvopastoral International Covenant is an initiative that aims to bring research groups from different countries to establish partnerships through agreements of technical and research cooperation, to promote the implementation and development of actions that reconciles the use of silvopastoral systems as a strategy for rural development for a more sustainable livestock. In this context, different institutions of the agreement are encouraged, through their representatives, to share experiences and promote mobility among its researchers through exchanges by visits for study and work. This Silvopastoral International Covenant is being initiated in Brazil during the III Baiano Encounter Agrossilviculturais systems, in the form of a symposium in the period 04-07 of July, which brought together some researchers to start the technical and research cooperation agreements. The holding of this meeting during the World Silvopastoral Congress will be of great importance to continue and develop the partnerships that could be signed at this side event. Finally, we are planning to organize a meeting between researchers interested in establishing partnerships for the development of a sustainable livestock through the silvopastoral systems in tropical regions such as the cocoa region of Bahia.

Convening organizers:

NGO – Fundação Pau Brasil

For registration/information, please contact:

Érico de Sá Petit Lobão, ericolobao@hotmail.com

The Acorn: from the tree to your table! (27/9/2016) - 17:30-19:00 - Room: Restaurant “Cozinha do Cardeal”
27/9/2016 - 17:30-19:00 (Room: Restaurant “Cozinha do Cardeal”)

Historical introduction about the acorn and its important role in Human Diet in the past in South Iberian Peninsula area.
Acorn potential, nutritional facts and benefits for your health.
How to use acorn flour in everyday recipes?
Showcooking and tasting of a recipe prepared with acorn flour.

Acorn, the fruit from Holm oak (Quercus ilex), was a commonly used as flour to bake bread, specially before potatoes arrived from South America with Discovers.

Along the years this fruit was completely forgot, but is has great nutritional potential for our health and appears as a really important way of adding value to tonnes of product that are not being used.

Join us to know more about it and how acorn can be a superfood and so easy to use in your kitchen!

Convening organizers: TerriuS

Fees: €10,00 per participant (includes acorn flour package)

Minimum and maximum participants: Minimum 10 and maximum 25 participants

 

For registration/information, please contact:
Filipe Verdasca: filipe.verdasca@terrius.pt
Rita Martins: rita@terrius.pt

Macrofungal diversity in Montado. (27/9/2016) - 17:30-19:00 - Room: 008BA
27/9/2016 - 17:30-19:00 (Room: 008BA)

Due to the wide variety of ecological niches, Montado (cork oak and holm oak stands) ecosystems supports a great mycological diversity. Among the hundreds of agaricoid species, ectomycorrhizal fungi play a crucial role in the ecosystem balance with clear benefits to host plants and saprotrophic fungi are essential to nutrient turnover. Moreover, many of those species produced mushrooms that are prized for their gastronomic quality and are hence of very high value. In this short side event the participants will learn how to collect and identify mushrooms, the ecological importance of macrofungi to forest sustainability and some unusual and interesting facts about mushrooms.

Convening organizers: ICAAM, Biology Department

For registration/information, please contact: Celeste Santos e Silva  css@uevora.pt

Agroforestry systems in the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula: Biodiversity conservation and ecological working. (28/9/2016) - 17:30-19:00 - Room: 124BES
28/9/2016 - 17:30-19:00 (Room: 124BES)

The dynamics of the landscape in many areas is the result of human intervention (farming and agricultural practices, among others) for centuries.

The purpose for the present session is to encourage discussion through the exploration and analysis of the key role played by agrosilvopastoral systems to carry out a sustainable development of rural communities, while promoting the biodiversity conservation. In this case, we will argue on the evolution and changes of such systems – environmental, socioeconomic and historical changes – in the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula.

Possibly traditional farming landscapes provide the best conditions for the biodiversity conservation. Their location occurs in regions where agricultural practices have changed relatively little since many years. The agrosilvopastoral systems used in numerous areas of the northwest Iberian is a good example of these procedures. The question is complex because it implicates social, political and environmental aspects, being essential that there is satisfactory coordination among all administrations and / or agencies concerned in this subject. In this century, the human population will grow at a rate that will be necessary livelihoods maybe two or three times higher than today.

To meet the high demands of food needed for the human population and, at the same time that the process is agree with the principles and standarts of conservation, it is necessary that the current livelihoods be sustainable, i.e., when at least they preserve the assets of which depend and, the same time can also provide them for future generations.

Convening organizers:

University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain

For registration/information, please contact:

Dr. Ignacio J. Diaz-Maroto ignacio.diazmaroto@usc.es

Ecosystem approach on the biodiversity impact management for large dams: the Baixo Sabor hydroelectric power plant case study - Working with local stakeholders towards nature and biodiversity conservation through the establishment of long term and solid partnerships. (30/9/2016) - 08:00-09:00 - Room: 008BA
30/9/2016 - 08:00-09:00 (Room: 008BA)

Description:

EDP published its Biodiversity Policy in 2007, reviewing its strategy in place taking into account mainly the new European and international guidelines, the growth strategy and the learning curve from the last five years. This strategy was published in its last biennial Biodiversity Report 2013-2014*.

Procedures merely based on legal compliance do not guarantee a good performance in biodiversity issues, nor ensure acceptable levels of impact. Being so, in order to strive to a no net loss or to an overall positive long-term outcome concerning its activities in biodiversity issues, EDP provides a close and strong multi-stakeholder engagement process with local stakeholders, aiming to maximize social and environmental co-benefits, as the main strength of an ecosystem approach to boost the local social-ecological systems.

Baixo Sabor hydropower plant is an all-embracing case study, illustrated by a range of other specific case studies, where this methodology and strategy is supported (see: EDP Biodiversity Report -2013-2014*, pages 10,11 and 13). In this session, apart from the case study itself – guided by the governance model based on the close relationship between the biodiversity and the agro-silvo-pastoral activities in the territory -, the audience will be able to feel the role, the expectations and the feelings of the local partners, directly communicated by themselves.

http://www.edp.pt/en/sustentabilidade/PublicacoesRelatorios/relatorios/EDPDocuments/relatorio_bio_407637_1461952664.pdf

Convening organizers:

EDP –  Energias de Portugal, S.A.

For registration/information, please contact: Iolanda Saló –  sustentabilidade@edp.pt

Presentation of the HNV Link network - High Nature Value Farming: Learning, Innovation and Knowledge. (28/9/2016) - 08:00-09:00 - Room: 007BA
28/9/2016 - 08:00-09:00 (Room: 007BA)

Description:

We will present the H2020 program that just started in April this year about innovation in territories of High Nature Value farming (HNV-Link. High Nature Value Farming: Learning, Innovation and Kowledge. This project network ten “Learning Areas”: Sweden (Västra Götaland), Ireland (The Burren), Great-Britain (Dartmoor), France (Causses & Cévennes), Spain (La Vera, Extremadura), Portugal (Sitio de Munfurado), Croatia (Dalmatian Islands), Greece (Thessalia & Pindus), Bulgaria Westren Stara Planina) and Romania (Eastern Hills of Cluj).  As the purpose of the project is to share, and to adopt/adapt innovations coming from these LA to “simultaneously improve their socio-economic viability AND their environmental efficiency” the first steps of the program are: (1) the constitution of baseline, assessment of the territory though a narrative of its HNV attributes and trajectory and (2) the creation of a “compendium” of existing (or lacking) innovation in these territory.

HNV farming systems and territories are both and issue and a challenge for the European Union and its “agricultural mix” today. These territories are under stress (economic, social, climatic,…) and need adapted innovations. These innovations are related to market, techniques, regulation and institution. But above all they are processes involving a range of different actors that can raise the issues and find the innovative solutions to foster agricultural-environmental synergies.

Take a look at the HNV Link Project webpage

Convening organizers:

Centre International des Hautes Etudes Agronomiques Méditerranéennes (CIHEAM-IAMM)

For registration/information, please contact:François Lerin – lerin@iamm.fr  

One day side event

The new montado of Herdade do Freixo do Meio (HFM). Theoretical and practical foundations for a new perspective of the ancestral montado agro-ecosystem. (26/9/2016)
26/9/2016

Description:

In the last decades there has been a tendency to classify agroforestry systems to help focus on particular aspects of different practices with specific objectives. However, in practice, the management of land use at farm scale has a wide range of options and decisions to be made at operational level following a certain strategy.
Farmers can adopt certain agroforestry practices to suit and enhance their business as usual. What if agroforestry is considered the central key for the farming system and the business as usual is built under the “agroforestry concept umbrella” to produce different farming activities?
Herdade do Freixo do Meio (HFM) as a holistic agroforestry business model running in practice. This farm has 423ha running a business which strategy is based on sustainability concepts. There are three pillars in the current sustainable management model: Deepening, Widening and Repositioning.
The cornerstone in the management strategy is the improvement of the soil quality as this is considered vital to surrounding around 300 satellite products and services coming from the farm. Trees under the Montado agroforestry system are vital in the management as they provide such services.

 

Participatory conference including lunch:
During the visit, the responsible for HFM will present the 120 ha reforestation project of a new montado applying agro-ecological principles and natural processes optimisation for a sustained increase in productivity under autopoietic conditions.
Contributions are expected from the participants, reflecting their experience and knowledge in an interactive way, as the programme develops.

9:00 am – Welcome reception
9:15 am – Conference:
– Plan of a new montado: objectives, territory, ecological and economic key success factors, timing
– Applied techniques: Landscape design, topography, soil, lakes, food forest, pastoral areas
– Agro-ecological dynamics of the new montado: Biotic and abiotic interactions, water, soil, microorganisms, ecological succession
– Financial plan and monitoring of the implementation
1:00 pm – Lunch at the farm (Portuguese boiled stew in traditional clay pots)
3:00 pm – Walk along the project area
5:00 pm – Concluding remarks
6:00 pm – Close of event
The programme may be held in English, Spanish or Portuguese (according to the participants’ nationality).

 

Convening organizers:
Herdade do Freixo do Meio (HFM)

 

Fees: €30,00 per participant

Minimum and maximum participants: Minimum 15 and maximum 20 participants

For registration/information, please contact:
Alfredo Cunhal Sendim: freixodomeio@gmail.com

Three days side event

DINAMICA EGO (freeware spatial modelling software training session) 3 days side event - Room 242BES
22/09 | 23/09 | 24/09 - 9:00-13:00, 14:00-18:00 (Room 242BES)

Side Event Flyer

EGO 2

Description:

Dinamica EGO is a freeware spatial modelling software, available for research and commercial use. Dinamica´s flexibility allows the development of models, as data flow programs, in an intuitive, pleasant and fun way. The user can build complex models by simply dragging blocks in the form of geoprocessing algorithms and connecting them to represent the model information flow. Such use simplicity facilitates learning for newcomers while sophisticated and powerful features address the needs of expert modelers.  Models can make use of any data type such as raster maps, tables, matrices and other specific data formats, freeing the user from the constraints of defining variables in a predefined way. Dinamica platform is built in such a way that the user is free to frame the problem, from low to high complexity, in a very flexible way being minimally constrained by the platform limitations. Internally, a powerful set of tools and analysis algorithms, allow the software to efficiently handle large datasets, automatically optimizing the execution.   Such level of automation allows the construction of complex models in an innovative way. The modelers can break the model into subcomponents simplifying its presentation while enhancing communication ability. This reduces the gap between the modeled phenomenon and the model itself. Dinamica is also innovative as it executes efficiently in home computers and maximizes performance on high end servers. Dinamica has been used for the development of a variety of models from deforestation to selective logging, hydrological and fire dynamics, etc. Despite being a niche software, it has made an important contribution to more than 150 papers from researchers around the world also being used by governmental organizations and planning bodies worldwide. In 2016 a new version (3.0) was released presenting a new visual interface including several improvements that certainly make Dinamica EGO even more powerful and fun.

Convening organizers:

APEP (Portuguese Association of Landscape Ecology)

Fee:

Three days side event

€100,00 APEP members
€150,00 APEP non members

Minimum and maximum participants:

Minimum 15 and maximum 20 participants

For registration/information, please contact:

Sónia Carvalho-Ribeiro: sonia.carvalhoribeiro@gmail.com

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