PASTINNOVA considers a wide variety of potential solutions for vulnerable groups (smallholders with low access to innovation; shepherding workforce; women) and to increase the attractiveness of pastoral production and entrepreneurship for young people. Their sustainability will be assessed in a holistic way, taking into account all relevant costs and benefits: economic (profitability and cost-effectiveness), social (social Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), employment, equitable and sustainable access to essential local services for rural communities), environmental (biodiversity, GHG emissions, sustainable management of rangelands to increase resilience). Business advisory will be available for smallholders to support non-farming activities – such as sustainable tourism, face-to-face sales, promotion of pastoral cultural heritage, cottage industry)

The project is in line with the work of the “Union for the Mediterranean” (UfM) and fits perfectly into the dictates of Valletta Declaration on strengthening Euro-Mediterranean cooperation through Research and Innovation and on “contributing to a more competitive, socially inclusive and sustainable Europe adapted to challenges of climate change, demography and digitalisation”.

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