Convenors: Lise Grøva, NIBIO; Ingun Grimstad Klepp, Consumption Research Norway (SIFO)/Oslo Metropolitan University.
Objectives: This workshop aims to address how rangeland grazing is not only a farm-practice, but also a positive contributor in mitigating climate change, safeguarding biodiversity and preventing fire risk, as well as supporting the maintenance of cultural and socio-economic landscapes. In this respect, also products from livestock grazing vast rangelands contribute to enhance the landscape value. The typical characteristics and authentic value of local sheep wool craft-products, as well as agri-food products, are a leverage for local development. The role of rangeland grazing, local food and wool-derived products alongside the sustainability of such grazing systems can contribute to define the economic asset of mountain areas thus providing opportunities for people to stay. Products from rangeland grazing are also a resource for promoting sustainable tourism and a departure point for fostering innovation and quality of life in rural areas. The workshop intends also to identify future research collaborators and galvanize the discussion on such topics.
Topic: The context of climate change, effective resource-utilization, marginalized rural communities and depopulation are relevant themes for this workshop. Devastating wild fires, this summer’s draught in Norway, the lack of economic sustainable business-models alongside the potential for a vibrant tourism-base related to rangeland grazing are all in the mix here. Also, knowledge to the consumer on how their choice on eating, wearing and using produce from our vast rangelands effect climate and sustainability. We already have gathered an exciting, international group with a passion for these issues. What is the main theme, and what are sub-themes, is a complex question – albeit part of a holistic approach. As the current scientific knowledge can be questioned (if one bases current knowledge on Life Cycle Assessments and thus ruminants’ negative impact on climate change); we have asked The North Face’s CEO to ‘save the date’ for ESRS2019 in order to tell the story of how they now are able to sell climate-positive products that capture CO2. Currently, they offset 800 cars for an entire year (with a small product portfolio). How to communicate this type of positive impact is a challenge, and we are seeking partners in this work – as it will give rural activities a renewed relevance. As the topic is ‘eat and wear the view’, seeing the end-products in relation to what they contribute (and other consequences) are of relevance for all rural communities who struggle to utilize their local resources and infrastructures.
Format: Lightening talks, in order to map as many potential future collaborators as possible, alongside on-going projects relevant to our mission. Future co-publications can also thus be identified.