Reconnecting spaces of the Natura 2000 Network with living sheeptrails
Relevance of the project actions
Within the participatory processes with local actors that are being developed within the framework of the LIFE CAÑADAS project, on July 14, a focus group meeting with transhumant cattlemen from the Cañada Real Conquense took place in the town of Tragacete, Cuenca. The focus group technique is a qualitative methodology widely used for studying the opinions of key actors and for generating consensus on a project or action.
The two main objectives of the focus group were:
(1) Detect the main needs and problems faced by the transhumant cattle ranchers of the Cañada Real Conquense.
(2) Establish a prioritized list of actions that are feasible to address within the activities planned in the LIFE CAÑADAS project.
Eleven transhumant ranchers participated in the meeting, along with representatives from the Autonomous University of Madrid, the Castilla la Mancha Community Board and the Campoadentro Association. The ranchers worked divided into three subgroups with the help of facilitators, establishing their needs and priorities on the mapping of the livestock route. The proposals of each subgroup were then presented and debated in a plenary session in which the necessary consensus was reached.
The main need agreed by the ranchers was the need to restore and / or improve the troughs of the livestock route in some of the most critical areas due to water scarcity. Specifically, a total of ten water troughs were prioritized, which require different types of works for their functional recovery. Three shelters that need restoration work were also prioritized due to the current poor state of the facilities (roofs, closures, fences for livestock). Finally, the improvement of the Arroyo de la Teja ford, which currently presents great difficulties for the passage of livestock, was also prioritized as an urgent task.