Other forms of life (Spain): Humbly but proudly we resist

Other forms of life (Spain): Humbly but proudly we resist
2019. Humbly but proudly we resist, pastoral communal highlands of Pontones (Spain). Photo: Pau Sanosa © Pau Sanosa

Other forms of life (Spain): Humbly but proudly we resist

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And even through adverse socio-environmental conditions, increasing competition with global markets, and despite the pressures of very restrictive national and European policies for non-intensive livestock breeding, the communal pastoralism of Pontones, Santiago de la Espada and Castril persists stoically, in the full middle of the 21st century.

 

Acknowledgements. We would like to thank all the livestock breeders of Castril and Santiago-Pontones, for all their willingness, their time and their support, and for sharing in several and extensive days their stories and their ways of life with us. Likewise, to all the inhabitants of these Sierras for the warm reception and company they have given us, particularly Pepi, Manolo, Mrs. Isabel, Patricio and Marisa, on whom we could always count. For their support, contributions and for introducing us to the understanding of the territory, to Francisco Javier Ruiz (OCA Sierra de Segura), Pepe Puntas (ANCOS), Abraham Morcillo (ADSG Altiplano Segureño), as well as María del Carmen García, María Teresa Moro, Mariano Ojeda and Manolo Pajarón. To the mayors and town councils of Castril and Santiago-Pontones for facilitating our research. And to the excellent Group of Evaluation, Recovery and Protection of Mediterranean Agrosystems of the EEZ (CSIC-Granada), both professionally and humanly, and who have been great allies in the challenge of understanding in a transdisciplinary way what happens in «esas sierras» («those mountains »). The research on which this exhibition is based, has been possible thanks to the support of the EXPLORA project (Socio-Ecological Heritage of ICCAs in Spain and Morocco, CSO2015-72607-EXP; Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitivity).

Text and composition by Francisco Godoy, Pau Sanosa, Adrià Peña, Montserrat Ventura, and Pablo Domínguez.