Where we're working
We have sites in the Czech Republic, France and Scotland...
The Slovácko and Valašsko region in South and East Moravia
Our Czech case study is an area made up of rolling hills and vast fields. Our Czech team are particularly interested on how national-level environmentally-oriented agricultural subsidies impact this region (and how fair they are perceived to be by those living and working there).
Agricultural production in South Moravia is centred on cereals, rapeseed and sugar beet. Other important agricultural sectors in the region include fruit farming and vegetable growing. Viticulture (wine production) is particularly important in South Moravia.
We'll be interviewing and working with landowners, agricultural workers, villagers, activists and members of the municipality in Kyjovské Slovácko as part of Just Scapes.
The Massat valley – highs, lows, and stunning scenery
Our French site is a commune in the Ariège department within the Occitan region, southwestern France. It's situated within the dramatic landscapes of the French Pyrénées – and forms part of the Pyrénées Ariégeoises regional natural park.
Livestock farming has been important historically in the economy and geography of the Massat valley, and continues to be so. In the 1970s, many 'hippies' came to the valley, and formed alternative communities. Some left, and some still live there today.
Currently there's a lively food-sovereignty movement within the region, and move towards forming small-scale livestock or vegetable farms, aimed at serving the local community.
The debate around "more trees, fewer cows" is very relevant to Massat. We're hoping to find out more as we work with landowners, park representatives, farmers, inhabitants and other stakeholders in the area.
The deer-dominated landscapes of the Scottish Highlands
Our Scottish case-study site is large – over 2,000 square kilometres – and sparsely populated, with around 2,300 inhabitants. It includes Glens Cannich, Affric, Moriston and Shiel.
We'll be working with our partner organisation – Trees for Life – on the area of land defined by their Affric Highlands project. It's a rewilding project interweaving nature, people and business, and aimed at forming a coalition between communities and landowners.
Historically there have been conflicts over deer management in the region – and this remains a hot topic at local and governmental levels.
We'll be interviewing and working with landowners, inhabitants and other stakeholders in the region, to find out how related they envisage a just transition for the East West Wild project area – and the trees, deer and people it contains.