Extensive livestock management may be a strategy to mitigate climate change, as it contributes to social cohesion and economic development in rural areas. The practice involves a strategic combination of traditional knowledge, natural resource management, and local breeds to encourage the adaptation of cattle to new scenarios. Further, the livestock management activities and natural/environmental factors interact in unique and synergistic ways. In turn, the practice represents an opportunity to strengthen the sector and simultaneously mitigate the consequences of climate change.
A new video, produced by the University Chair of Agroecology and Food Systems of UVIC-UCC in collaboration with CREDA, aims to contribute to the discussion about climate change and livestock production by reaching a wider audience and providing clear and concise information. The video, based on research on agro-pastoral systems in the Mediterranean, demonstrates how extensive livestock farming is affected by climate change and how it can also help in mitigating some of the negative consequences associated with these changes. Moreover, it identifies some of the issues that are limiting the viability of extensive livestock management practices, such as excessive intensification of production systems, land use competition, and changes in socioeconomic patterns.
We hope you enjoy the video, and if you find it useful, please feel free to share it with your colleagues and on your social networks to help raise awareness of the topic.