On Saturday, May 13, the first meeting of the network of agrarian, forestry and livestock promoters who are registered in the Mosaico project took place at the Culture House of Hernán Perez. The meeting was attended by more than 30 people, among the more than 70 proposals that are currently registered in the project.
Fernando Pulido, welcomed the attendees and highlighted the two most important aspects of the meeting: First, it serves as a contact between all, to promote mutual knowledge and the projects that are being developed by each one in the territory. Secondly, to value among all, if this type of mutual cooperation is necessary and what would be the most appropriate associative format. He reminded the attendees that the Mosaico project has planned a two-year course, which is the framework of collaboration signed between the Junta de Extremadura and the University, so it is essential to start working after that date, given that the objective Final fire prevention that promotes the Mosaic, is a long development, and can only become a reality with a network of promoters and neighbors committed to the territory.
Javier Corbacho, technician of the Territorial Planning tool, showed a map of the projects in progress. In his brief talk he highlighted the main limiting aspects that must be resolved among all: Lack of land for entrepreneurs, there are people willing to work in the fields, but not always find land, despite the large area of abandoned land. Legal obstacles, perhaps the most commented and harmful aspect for a good development of the whole proposal. Another aspect that stood out was the difficulties that the technicians have in order to interpret correctly the proposals made by the promoters, when they imply a change of cultivation or a change of soil qualification, for all these problems the Mosaic offers its help and cooperation and announced a next meeting with the administration technicians to find a formula that shortens bureaucratic deadlines.
After the presentations, we proceeded to work in affinity groups, following the methodology of the Mosaic. Ranchers, farmers and foresters separated into three working groups and analyzed what their main needs were.
FOREST TOOL: With the coordination of Javier Navalpotro, his working group found that most of the initiatives, but not all, were linked to the chestnut, as an alternative for the future. There was a need to look for shared formulas of governance in the forest territories, as is the case of Hoyos and its castañar. It was assessed as necessary that the forestry work be complemented with others such as livestock and advance in a more rational planning of the territory. For forest areas, the importance of a fire prevention planning with large areas was highlighted, this aspect was pointed out as key.
LIVESTOCK TOOL: For the group gathered around Gonzalo Palomo, the strategic importance for this sector was highlighted, to consolidate the development of a network of initiatives in transformation. In this sense, the central and regional administration is taking the first steps to make the current regulations more flexible, and in the territory the Local Action Group is betting on this sector with 50% economic aid. There was also talk about the payments made by the administration, for the prevention of livestock fires, and the need for good training and that this comes from working professionals, for which the creation of the Mosaic Network can serve as dynamic. Finally, it seemed very interesting to open the livestock activity to educational and cultural aspects.
AGRARIAN TOOL: With the coordination of M. Antonia Bermejo, the agrarian group, manifested the enormous legal difficulties that they are having with requests for change of cultivation. Recover land in agriculture after more than 10 years of abandonment, involves a new reclassification of that land, which by law has moved to the forest. From that moment the agrarian promoter enters a long and complex process, which supposes a real brake for entrepreneurship. The Mosaic project is waiting for a meeting that has asked the agricultural, forestry and environmental technicians to find formulas that unlock these situations. It was also assessed as frustrating the current Forestry Law, which makes it impossible to change cultivation in fire zones, as is the case of Acebo, where 80% of its territory burned and now its initiatives for entrepreneurship and fixation are blocked. of population in agrarian activities.