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1.2 Analysis of the regulatory framework that affects both dehesas and montados

The current legislative situation tends to consider agricultural and forestry components of dehesas and montados 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 their natural and cultural values.

We are at a crucial moment. Only a framework of consensus adapted to current needs and characteristics of dehesas and montados will promote their sustainability and will facilitate the promotion of business investment. On the other hand, it’s necessary to it promote this framework in European decision-making forums, where the sector's ability to influence and its representation is currently very low. 

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 and montados 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. Future Spanish national legislation could contribute to a more efficient implementation of the CAP for the dehesa. And something similar is needed in Portugal, where there are no specific measures for montado and, furthermore, in 2011 the Centro Nacional de Valorização dos Montados ceased its activity, losing the only public structure specifically dedicated to them.


For the development of this action, FEDEHESA has carried out the following conferences in Badajoz, Seville and Salamanca:

April 9, 2019 Badajoz: The Dehesa at a crossroad

July 5, 2019 Cazalla de la Sierra (Seville): The Dehesa facing climate change

December 20, 2019 Salamanca: Valorization and promotion of the Dehesa