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Title: A pastorícia na prevenção dos fogos rurais: uma estratégia para a Serra Algarvia
Other Titles: Pastoral systems and fire prevention: strategies for the Serra Algarvia
Authors: Rocheta, José Filipe dos Santos Costa
Advisor: Moreira, Manuel Belo
Coelho, Inocêncio Seita
Keywords: pastoral systems
biomass control
fire
goats
Serra Algarvia
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: ISA/UTL
Citation: Rocheta, José Filipe dos Santos Costa - A pastorícia na prevenção dos fogos rurais: uma estratégia para a Serra Algarvia. Lisboa: ISA, 2011
Abstract: This paper examines the extensive livestock grazing as a tool for rural management towards fire prevention and its relationship in the Portuguese southern region known as Serra Algarvia. In order to understand the important role of pastoral systems in forest defense against fires it is interesting to focus on the effects upon biomass control through grazing and browsing by small ruminants (that feed on both grass or low vegetation and on woody twigs and leaves from trees and shrubs), and also on the economic benefits driven from introducing sheep and goat flocks on fuel breaks for their sustainability. Promoting the implementation of pastoral systems in rural areas in order to control bush growth can be achieved either by converting abandoned agricultural lands into pastures or using the animals for vegetation consumption and forest soil maintenance, and the support of sylvopastoral systems. After a review of Portuguese and other Mediterranean countries case studies related to this matter we propose two models regarding livestock management and fire prevention. These models were structured to be established at the Serra Algarvia and emphasize an autochthonous goat breed called Cabra Algarvia as a fundamental resource to reduce fire risk
Description: Mestrado em Engenharia Zootécnica - Produção Animal - Instituto Superior de Agronomia / Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10400.5/4076
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