This is part of the priority of Interreg Interreg SUDOE Programme “To protect the environment and promote resource efficiency” and the investment priority “The protection and restoration of biodiversity and the ground and the promotion of ecosystems services, including through NATURA 2000 and ecological infrastructures”
SOS Praderas aims to promote sustainable management of hay meadows to promote its conservation. The project seeks to stop the loss of associated biodiversity through its assessment, adequate management, the application of agri-environmental subsidies and the marketing of new products (seed mixtures). The beneficiaries of these actions will be farmers, businessmen in the seed sector and the public in general, through the conservation of this common heritage.
SOS Praderas is based on a practical approach. Prior accumulated knowledge allows taking direct measures on the ground. It also has a multiplying effect, as once the objectives have been achieved, they may be immediately replicable in other territories across the SUDOE area.
The problem of biodiversity loss associated with hay meadows is common all over Europe. The legal framework in terms of protection and applicable grant schemes also has a European dimension. It is only logical that the issue must be addressed as a whole. Collaboration between Portugal, France and Spain will establish a core to generate products, which will be immediately exportable to the remaining European countries dealing with the same problem (Eastern Europe).
LOOKING BACKWARDSTO REACH THE FUTURE
SOS Praderas looks backwards to reach the future. We must recover traditional knowledge related to hay meadow management and then, integrate all tools currently at our disposal to increase profitability of such means and thus ensure the persistence.