ISPA WINNERS 2023
Within the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park, traditional agriculture and pastoralism play a vital role in maintaining the delicate balance of its ecosystems and preserving local heritage. These age-old practices not only contribute to the sustainable management of the park’s resources but also foster a deeper connection between human communities and the natural world. One of the standout practices in the park is pastoral transhumance, an ancient method of livestock management. This involves the seasonal movement of livestock between different altitudes, often between valleys and higher mountain pastures. This approach has deep historical roots in the region and is embedded in the cultural identity of local communities. Traditional agriculture and pastoralism are deeply intertwined with the cultural fabric of the communities living around the park. These practices have been handed down from generation to generation, fostering a connection between human beings and their environment. Moreover, they help sustain rural economies, by preserving local jobs and livelihoods. They also maintain cultural heritage, foster a sense of identity, and support local economies. By embracing and supporting these traditional activities, the national park ensures a sustainable future where both nature and human communities can thrive.