Territories of Commons in Europe

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* Policy Paper: “Territories of Commons” in Europe: pivotal for food production, nature stewardship, heritage maintenance and climate mitigation. By Jose Luis Vivero Pol et al. Conference Paper for the European Commons Assembly, in Brussels, November 2016

URL = https://www.researchgate.net/publication/309859533_Territories_of_Commons_in_Europe_pivotal_for_food_production_nature_stewardship_heritage_maintenance_and_climate_mitigation

"The “Territories of Commons” provide innovative and customary solutions by the European people to solve the multiple crises Europe is facing these days (values, democracy, biodiversity, food, water, energy, rural depopulation). These territories produce essentials for human survival (water, food, air), they are important pieces of the European cultural heritage, people living and working there are the best stewards of Nature and biodiversity, food systems in those areas are better adapted than industrial food production to mitigation and adaptation to climate change effects, and the collective management practices applied to food systems and natural resources are fine-tuned to increase resilience, adaptability and production of valuable goods and services. In that sense, the traditional management of the commons, quite aligned with agro-ecological practices and direct and decentralized democratic practices, presents a feasible transition pathway and alternative narrative in the quest of sustainability and fairness to all Europeans and Nature. This document presents normative, political, legal and financial proposals to EU institutions on how can those territories be supported to thrive."


""During 2021, a network of commons researchers and commoners was launched to assess the extension of common lands in Europe and its importance as food-producing systems within the European food landscape. A network of 67 scholars and commoners from 35 European countries has been created with a concrete goal: release a state-of-the-art report with the latest figures and detailed explanations on "territories of commons" in Europe. We will produce two peer-reviewed articles on how much land is owned/governed/managed as a commons (collectively), how many people are involved in the commons management and how relevant are those areas for producing food. The final goal of this initiative is to raise the political profile and legitimacy of territories of commons in European politics, presenting the first-ever data compilation for all European countries regarding the commons."

More Information

1.- Hackpad for review: https://europeancommonsassembly.hackpad.com/Territories-of-Commons-in-Europe-pivotal-for-food-production-nature-stewardship-heritage-maintenance-and-climate-mitigation-gJy4MzWpf4w

2.- PPW presentation made in the European Parliament (16 November 2016) http://www.slideshare.net/joseluisviveropol/territories-of-commons-food-heritage-nature-climate-mitigation-democracy

3.- Video recording of the presentation at EP : Presentation of Territories of Commons in Europe (between 2:28 :20 and 2 :35 :20 min) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEWDstHb8Bg

4.- The "Territories of Commons in Europe". Final text in word format. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/309859533_Territories_of_Commons_in_Europe_pivotal_for_food_production_nature_stewardship_heritage_maintenance_and_climate_mitigation


"present the first results of a collective research – involving more than 60 authors and covering more than 30 countries – that aims at mapping the data, relevance and typologies of food-producing common lands in Europe"