The current legislative situation tends to consider agricultural and forestry components separately, and to scatter management competences between the various national and regional bodies. Although all those involved in the management of the dehesa are aware of the difficulties that consensus entails, there are also sufficient common elements for reconciling economic and socially cost-effective utilisation of resources and conservation of the natural and cultural values of the dehesas.
For all those affected by the dehesa, developing a proposal for a future law of the dehesa is essential, establishing planning, conservation, improvement and revitalisation of the dehesas. In recent times mobilisation of the economic actors has been integrated with the existence of a strong political will to design and approve new public regulations that pursue in the dehesas improving private and social returns, as well as an impulse for the differentiation of products obtained under environmentally responsible criteria. In addition, regulations that affect livestock production imposed from the EU never consider the complexity of these management systems, treating intensive farms in the same way as those where animals graze in large areas. Similarly, research work conducted from different areas requires a coordination and orientation as a back-up to ensure a better utilisation of resources. It is urgent to take measures to promote the maintenance of the dehesa and its differentiated productions, which require an increase in value according to their inherent quality.
This will ensure the survival of the breeds, their management and their natural environment. Future national legislation could contribute to a more efficient implementation of the CAP for this system. With regard to the Portuguese part, the situation is similar. There are no specific measures for the montado in the policies and in addition the Centro Nacional de Valorização dos Montados ceased its activity in 2011 losing the only public structure specifically dedicated to the Montado.
Four sector tables will be created on autonomous and national regulations, aid, European strategy and standardisation of channels of the company's participation in regulatory decisions that affect the dehesa/montado that will meet every three months in the headquarters of Cicytex.
Know the opinion of citizens and of social and economic agents on the main problems of the dehesas/montados or have direct information on the determinants that make it difficult in each area of activity or of social relationship, the achievements of sustainability will help, without a doubt, to decision-making by the authorities to favour the sustainability processes.Scroll