On Sturday, May 12th in Supetar on the island of Brač MIRO held its first workshop devoted to PhD students that are also practitioners working on the islands.
Scope of the workshop that was held by mentors from MIRO: Francois Lerin, Marianne Ehrlich and Nenad Starc was a creation of a research platform that will allow islanders doing academic work and academics dealing with islanders to improve their academic skills.
Nenad Starc underlined that we as island researcher, nissologists coming from different scientific backgrounds need to approach the islands from the nissological standpoint.
In cooperation with the Local Action Group ”LAG 5” and National Park Mljet, as a follow up of the Horizon 2020 project ”High Nature Value Farming: learning innovation and knowledge” MIRO is launching the creation of an operational framework for agri-environmental actions, with the methodological support of SupAgro Montpellier and Göttingen University.
The objective of this operational framework is to specify the agro-environmental baseline for the islands of Mljet, Korčula as well as for the peninsula of Pelješac. It will be used to establish a portfolio of different projects, involve appropriate partners and expertise and mobilize a wider range of instruments and cooperation formats to address the needs and bottle-necks of agri-environmental strategies. This framework will ensure the coherency and the synergies of agri-environmental actions at different scales: territorial, value-chains, and individual/business.
To establish this operational framework field work and knowledge based expertise is needed in order to provide measurable elements as well as qualitative and quantitative indicators that are currently missing: (1) on the agri-environmental dynamics at landscape scale (dynamics of habitats, vegetation, species); (2) on the functioning of the agrarian systems (farming systems economic and environmental viability) and value-chains (mainly olives, wine and honey); (3) on the mobilization capacity and impact of existing EU tools (AEM, CAP payments, etc.) on HNV farming.