To describe something as a mosaic is to acknowledge the discrete parts that constitute the whole. The Iberian montado can be described as such: a composition of distinct ecologies within a singular and seemingly uniform landscape. At Herdade da Coitadinha the activities of LIFE Montado-Adapt mirror this subtle complexity, with different interventions and experiments of varying time scales carried out across the site.
O Leito do Rio focuses on the human presence that continues to inform the past, present and future of this particular site; the cycles of stasis and flux integral to its survival.
SAM MOUNTFORD, 2020
Boosting the adaptation of the Montados cultural landscape to climate change
The impact of climate change on Portuguese society, economy and ecosystems has been felt, with particular gravity, in the south of the country. In this region, between 1955 and 2005, the average annual precipitation decreased about 190mm, while the temperature increase reached 1.3ºC.
EDIA participates in LIFE Montado-Adapt and Alqueva contributes to promoting the resilience of this territory. The project aims to mitigate the consequences of climate change in the Montados cultural landscape in Portugal and Spain, improving their economic, social and environmental sustainability.
Based on the premise that it is not possible to achieve sustainability with management systems that do not contemplate climate change, LIFE Montado-Adapt supports the implementation of the Integrated Land Use (ILU) in the regions of Alentejo, Extremadura and Andalusia. As it is a system based on adapting to current climatic conditions, its strategies for crop diversification, both agricultural and forestry, promote an increase in the productive capacity of properties and, at the same time, contribute to the reduction of territorial and demographic desertification.
The Coitadinha Homestead, in Barrancos, is the first demonstrative area of this project, in which the first ILU is being implemented. It is in this cultural and highly biodiverse landscape that artistic work will be developed.
Work developed under the Sustentar program, with the support of the Municipality of EDIA.