Trashumancia y naturaleza

What we do

Have you heard of Madrid’s Transhumance Festival?

It’s one of Madrid’s most distinctive events. As of 1994, thousands of sheep pass through the city centre on the last Sunday of October to raise awareness of the neglect of drovers roads and bring visibility to the work of transhumant families.

We have been the organisers of this well-known festival since it first began. As of 2017, our very own flock that crosses Madrid on this day – the flock belonging to ’El Concejo de la Mesta’.

On this page you can find out more about the work we do to defend transhumance practices and shepherding.

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LOCALLY

 

We work with transhumant families to facilitate logistical and legal support on their journey.

We develop activities to promote and educate the public regarding the benefits of transhumance.

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NATIONALLY

 
We advocate for legislative changes that ensure drovers roads are preserved and protected and transhumance pastoralism is supported.
 
We develop projects to combat the degradation of ecosystems such as ‘dehesas’ and ‘montados’.
 
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INTERNATIONALLY

 
We are an amplifier to the voices of Iberian Transhumance beyond our borders.
 

We are part of various international partnerships that promote transhumance, rural life and advocate for proper recognition of the value of wool and other transhumant products.

Transhumance helps meet the Sustainable Development Goals

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Would you like to find out more about how transhumance helps us meet the SDGs?

A brief chronology of us

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In 1993 we proved that transhumance on foot is viable and feasible. We travelled the abandoned drovers roads that stretch from Extremadura to Castile and León with a flock of 2,600 merino sheep.

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In 1994 the same flock crossed Madrid’s city centre to show support for the approval of a drovers roads law. The Transhumance Festival was born, and has been celebrated every year since then.

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In 1995, the ‘Ley 3/95 de Vías Pecuarias’ (The Drovers Roads Law) is enacted, declaring them to be public property and therefore imprescriptible, inalienable and inembargable. The law also demands that the autonomous communities of Spain work to preserve and improve them, primarily for the use of transhumant shepherds.

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In 2007 we held the first World Pastoralist’s Gathering in Madrid and Segovia, attended by over 200 representatives from 35 different countries.

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In 2017 we were able to declare transhumance as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Spain by royal decree (’Real Decreto 385/2017’).

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In 2018 Marity González, member of ‘Trashumancia y Naturaleza’, became the first woman to fulfil the role of ‘mayoral’ (head shepherd) and represent shepherd families at the Transhumance Festival. This year marks the celebration of 600 years since the ‘Concordia’ agreement, signed by shepherds and Madrid’s city council at the time. The text was amended to recognise the contribution of women to transhumance, stating: “a los pastores y pastoras del Reino” (“to the shepherds, women and men, of the kingdom”).

About us

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JESÚS
GARZÓN

President and founder of ‘Trashumancia y Naturaleza’.

Defender of nature and sustainable rural development.

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CONCHA
SALGUERO

International project coordinator.

Tireless advocate for a rural world that places people and nature at its heart.

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MARITY
GONZÁLEZ

Project director.

Strength, dedication and passion for the conservation of nature. Lover of rural tradition and culture.

Areas of work

Local work

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LOGISTICAL AND LEGAL SUPPORT FOR TRANSHUMANT FAMILIES

We work with over 50 transhumant families, associates and collaborators of the organisation, supporting them in logistical and legal issues that may arise during their transhumance

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AWARENESS AND EDUCATION FOR THE FUTURE OF TRANSHUMANCE AND THE RURAL WORLD

One of the things that concerns us the most is the lack of transgenerational sustainability. For this reason we prioritise aiming our educational efforts towards raising awareness in schools and universities. We have also collaborated in the creation of various transhumance museums and local associations for the protection of drovers roads.

National work

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DIALOGUE WITH PUBLIC AUTHORITIES

We promote the conservation and improvement of drovers roads in the autonomous communities of Spain in the framework of the Drovers Roads Law (‘Ley 3/95’), and advocate for transhumance as a tool to tackle key challenges of the XXI century.

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DEFENDING THE RURAL WORLD AND EXTENSIVE FARMING

We develop projects, activities and collaborations to improve the laws and policies that affect the sustainable development of rural economies. We also support a transition towards an economy that makes use of and values the benefits of extensive grazing and pastoral systems.

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PROJECTS TO PROTECT FARMING ECOSYSTEMS OF HIGH NATURE VALUE

We develop projects that prevent the degradation of valuable ecosystems that are dependant on grazing, such as mountain pastures or dehesas and montados in the Iberian Peninsula, connecting them via transhumance.

International Work

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PARTNERSHIPS AND PROJECTS IN DEFENCE OF TRANSHUMANCE

We give a voice to Iberian transhumance beyond the reaches of our borders. We are part of various international platforms and collectives: