There is a strong process of land abandonment in rural Portugal (as in many other peripheral
regions in Europe, namely those with production handicaps). The idea of this pilot action is to create contractual agreements on land management between conservation organisations on the one hand, and private landowners as well as to help the landowners carry out the agreements on their land by providing a pool of resources (“crowdsourcing”), which is then made available to them: funds, volunteer workforce, technical advice, know-how from peers.
The idea of this pilot action is twofold:
Given that the current legal setting only allows to establish contractual agreements that do not account for long-term servitudes, pilot works of the action will focus on improving the use of the existing legal framework to establish new contractual agreements. Experience from other project partners and from international cases (e.g. those from Chile and Canada) will be used to assess how improvements can be made and identify which are the shortcomings and opportunities for post-project works concerning this target.
According to a recent definition from researchers at the Technical University of Valencia, "crowdsourcing is a type of participative activity in which an individual, an institution, a nonprofit organization, or company proposes to a group of individuals of varying knowledge, heterogeneity, and number, via a flexible open call, the voluntary undertaking of a task. The undertaking of the task; of variable complexity and modularity, and; in which the crowd should participate, bringing their work, money, knowledge and/or experience, always entails mutual benefit. The user will receive the satisfaction of a given type of need, be it economic, social recognition, self-esteem, or the development of individual skills, while the crowdsourcer will obtain and use to their advantage that which the user has brought to the venture, whose form will depend on the type of activity undertaken".
MONTIS will use crowdsourcing having for aim:
The pilot works involve collaboration with several stakeholders, including:
Along the whole project works, but focusing on post-project needs.
Similar tools are known and of wider use in other contexts. We look forward for the inputs from the census to identify them, and probably benefit from exchange of knowledge and practices.
The pilot works are expected to deal with all the land that MONTIS manages, which currently includes:
In addition, the pilot works may deal with land managed by partner organizations, including 256 parcels owned by the inhabitants of Ferraria de São João (about 12 ha), commonly managed by Associação de Moradores da Ferraria de São João.
Montis - Associação de Conservação da Natureza
Avenida João de Melo, nº 23