The Mediterranean Consortium for Nature & Culture (or MCNC for short), is a collective movement to support and raise awareness for cultural practices that have a positive impact on biodiversity in the Mediterranean. Currently made up of 6 partners, we work with communities to protect biodiversity by understanding, supporting and helping safeguard ways of living that contribute to the conservation of the Mediterranean’s rich natural and cultural heritage and the sustainable use of its resources – celebrating the ingenuity of people across the Basin who protect and manage their lands and waters.
Transhumance – the seasonal movement of herds in search of grazing pastures – is a cultural tradition present in the Mediterranean since a thousands of years. A practice vital for nature conservation and the preservation of cultural heritage through the transfer of traditional ecological knowledge from generation to generation.
Created by the Mediterranean Institute for Nature and Anthropos as part of the MCNC’s work on Mobile Pastoralism, this beautiful short video gives a us a small glimpse into the lives of the Vlach – the transhumant shepherds of Northern Pindos, Greece. Through their stories, perceptions and songs, the Vlach take us on a journey from past to present, including a look at the fascinating landscape they call home during the summer months each year.
Filming, editing and texts: Stamos Abatis and Aphroditi Sorotou.
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