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Restore 50 ha of haymeadows and pastures in 2 pilot areas, as a demonstration for local farmer associations, backed up by training of 2 farmer associations so that they become more stable.
Impact: small-scale farming systems more economically viable. Better conservation of scale and connectivity of landscapes through implementation of agri-environment schemes at landscape scale.
Actions: In two pilot areas (areas managed by one village or farmer group) we will:
Restoration of 50 hectares was carried out by a mixture of mowing and clearing scrub, and controlled rotational grazing by ADEPT’s herd of cattle.
Late mowing, and prevention of overgrazing and use of rotational grazing, has allowed grasses to regrow and allowed forbs (flowering plants) to come to flower and set seed.
Floristic diversity, and populations of associated butterfly and other invertebrate species (bees, crickets, grasshoppers etc.) have noticeably increased.