Policy meeting Matera - February 24th 2017

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The CASCADE project team is currently busy preparing the policy meeting in Matera, to be held on 24th of February 2017. This page will regularly be updated with new information.

Local coordination: Prof. Gianni Quaranta - UNIBAS (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Overall coordination: Erik van den Elsen - ALTERRA (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Rudi Hessel - ALTERRA (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Policy content: Prof. Lindsay Stringer - Leeds University (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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Download the policy meeting programme HERE


Matching policy and local perspectives on ecosystem change: options for supportive decision making

Policy makers recognize that the environment is a very important asset for the production of food and other products, both now and into the future. In Mediterranean Europe, managed ecosystems are easily damaged by a combination of environmental and human factors, for example, through grazing, fire and land abandonment.
There are various tipping points at which ecosystem changes become irreversible, with important consequences for the livelihoods these environments support. Appropriate land management is important if landscapes are to continue to provide benefits to humans in an effective and efficient way.

Impact of Policy on drylands
Policy has both direct and indirect impacts on land management decisions and whether tipping points are reached that cause the environment to fall into a degraded state. The EU has been central in providing a framework for policy development across a range of natural resource based sectors. Policies are interpreted and implemented at lower levels, with varying degrees of attention paid to the local context.
Policies interact and can either support or conflict with one another. They may also support or conflict with land managers’ current and future land use demands.

Research by CASCADE
CASCADE researchers have carried out a new series of field experiments, created models and developed tools to aid identification of landscape tipping points in six study sites across southern Europe. We have also worked with local stakeholders and assessed landscape management options, answering these questions: 

  • Why do sudden changes happen and what practices can prevent or reverse them?
  • Can the direction of undesirable changes be addressed through supportive policies?
  • What are the opportunities to better match policy and local perspectives?

What will the Policy meeting cover?
At this CASCADE Policy Forum event we present policy-relevant findings from our study sites, highlighting results from a combination of scientific experiments, local stakeholder engagement activities and policy analysis. The Policy Forum provides a valuable opportunity for the exchange of views of participants working at multiple policy levels with a shared interest in sustaining Europe’s landscapes and the benefits they provide to people. 

Policy meeting in Matera, Italy on February 24th, 2017.
The CASCADE Policy Forum will be held in Matera, Italy and runs from 9.00 until 15.30 on 24th February 2017. It will involve presentations from CASCADE researchers and policy stakeholders, as well as a round table discussion exploring the relevance of project findings beyond Europe and gaining insights from international organisations.