Pastoralism, or extensive livestock farming, is key for food production, provision of ecosystem services and land and resources management. Its intimate relationship with the concerned landscapes offers two different and complementary perspectives related to climate action. On the one hand, as it is carried out outdoors, it is very sensitive to climatic conditions, especially changes and extreme events; on the other hand, as one of the main available tools to managing vegetation and uncultured soils, it plays a vital role in adapting our ecosystems to these same processes of change, also contributing climate mitigation by increasing their carbon storage capacity and reducing emissions.

Unfortunately, the impact of climate change on pastoralism is currently outweighing its potential for climate action. Consequently, many farms are experiencing real hardship to survive in a context of high temperatures, intense droughts, water scarcity and extreme events. This situation represents a double loss for society, for starters, seeing the weakening of a key source of food based on spontaneous plant material and then, losing the skills to manage woodlands and prevent disasters linked to misuse and climate change: abandonment, desertification or forest fires.

This congress aims to catalyse a radical change in the relationship between extensive livestock farming and climate change, through innovative, global and consensual approaches that provide a comprehensive vision combining 1) producer´s knowledge and scientific research in the search for solutions, 2) adaptation and mitigation of climate change both territories and livestock farming sector, 3) policies and direct action in the support and implementation of solutions, and 4) the involvement of the whole of society in an essential activity to deal with global change.

The Life Live-ADAPT project would like to invite farmers, researchers, technicians, professionals and public servants to join us and share the most advanced knowledge, the most innovative proposals and the most successful experiences available at the moment. We also invite you to reflect collectively on the way forward, the role of the different actors involved and the policies that can support these developments. We have tried to bring together the people who currently know the most, fight the hardest and understand the better, the relationship between climate processes and pastoralism, from livestock farmers to professors. We will try to use their wisdom as a driver of change to promote sustainable, top-quality livestock farming, which should be capable of facing the great challenges of our time, including climate change and apathy. 


The International Congress on Extensive Livestock Farming and Climate Change will be held  in the Rectorate Hall of the University of Cordoba on 18, 19 and 20 October. Virtual participation will be possible thanks to the live broadcast. Online participants are expected to ask questions to the speakers, make comments on the different thematic tables and/or share resources, experiences or own initiatives.

Presentations will be in English and Spanish, with simultaneous translation for attendees in person and online. In order to participate both online and in person, participants must register using the following form: 


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19:30 / Screening of the project’s videos – Presentation by Víctor Casas of the videos generated.


09:00 – 09:30 / Registration + Networking welcome

09:30 – 10:00 / Institutional welcome

10:00 – 10:45 / Keynote speech
  • Vicente Rodríguez Estévez (Project LIFE LiveAdapt coordinator ) / Universidad de Córdoba
  • Maria E. Fernández-Gimenez / Colorado State University
  • Maurin Olivier / CORAM – Chair of the European Regional Support Group of the IYRP
  • Monte Orodea / Ganaderas en Red
  • Michele Nori / PASTRES (European University Institute)

10:45 – 11:30 / Coffee break

11:30 – 13:00 / Block I – Pastures and carbon footprint

  • Mireia Llorente (Moderator) / Project LIFE LiveAdapt coordinator – FENT (Fundación Entretantos)
  • Gerardo Moreno / Universidad de Extremadura
  • David Yáñez / EEZ – CSIC
  • Jorge M. Lobo / Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales – CSIC
  • Rubén Serrano / BC3 – Basque Centre for Climate Change
  • Ramiro Oliveri / Subdirección General de Aire Limpio y Sostenibilidad Industrial

13:00 – 15:00 / Networking lunch

15:00 – 16:30 / Block II – Water management

  • Patricia Mora (Moderator) / Project LIFE LiveAdapt coordinator – Innogestiona Ambiental
  • Nuria Hernández-Mora / Universidad Complutense de Madrid – I – Cisk project
  • Rafael Muñoz / Livestock farmer, pilot farm of LIFE LiveAdapt proyect
  • María José Fernández Silva / Oficina de planificación Hidrológica C.H.G.
  • José María Martín Civantos / Universidad de Granada
  • Carmen Bendala / Somos Sierra Norte (Sevilla)

16:30 – 17:00 / Coffee break

17:00 – 18:30 / Block III – Governance, policy and CAP

  • María Pía Sánchez (Moderator) / Project LIFE LiveAdapt coordinator – FEDEHESA
  • Jabier Ruiz / WWF – European Policy Office
  • Pedro María Herrera / FENT – Fundación Entretantos
  • Teresa Pinto / Universidade de Évora
  • Fernando Viñegla / Por Otra Pac

21:00 / Networking dinner


09:00 – 09:30 / Registration + Networking welcome

09:30 – 10:00 / Institutional policies

  • Pedro Arrojo / United Nations

10:00 – 11:30 / Block IV – Digitalisation and business models

  • María Aparicio (Moderator) / Project LIFE LiveAdapt coordinator – Pigchamp Pro Europa
  • Adrián Almazán / Universidad Carlos III de Madrid – Ecologistas en Acción
  • Juanma Intxaurrandieta / INTIA S.A.
  • Fernando María Vicente / Universidad de Salamanca
  • Álvaro Barrera / ECOVALIA

11:30 – 12:00 / Coffee break

12:00 – 13:30 / Block V – Animal health and welfare

  • Rafael Zafra (Moderator) / Universidad de Córdoba
  • João Simões / Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro
  • Oscar García / Independent Veterinary
  • María del Carmen García / Junta de Andalucía
  • Maurin Olivier / CORAM

13:30 – 14:00 / Closing of the congress

  • Vicente Rodríguez Estévez / Project LIFE LiveAdapt coordinator – Universidad de Córdoba

14:00 – 15:30 / Networking lunch

15:30 – 17:30 / Visit to pilot farm

17:30 – 18:30 / Final remarks and closin


Keynote speech

Vicente Rodríguez


Vicente Rodríguez-Estévez holds a PhD in Veterinary Medicine and is Associate Professor of Animal Production at the University of Córdoba, is Director of the Enterprise-University Chair Ecovalia-Clemente Mata of Organic Livestock Farming since its creation in 2013, and coordinates the project LIFE LiveAdapt.

Maurin Olivier

CORAM - Chair of the European Regional Support Group of the IYRP

Shepherd, I raise 250 ewes, 150 pigs and 10 oxen all of local breeds on a transhumant system. I am also president of the dairy sheep breeds of the Pyrenees and we are carrying out a lot of genetic work to adapt our animals to the various changes we are experiencing, both climatic and economic. I am also president of an association that defends pastoral systems at the national level.

María Fernández

Colorado State University

Dr. Fernández-Giménez works closely with ranching and pastoralist communities in the western US, Spain and Mongolia to support sustainable and equitable rangeland management through knowledge co-production and research. She studies how ranchers/pastoralists make decisions, individually and collectively, and how their decisions affect the resilience of rangeland social-ecological systems. Her recent work focuses on women’s roles in conserving, transforming and abandoning extensive pastoral systems.



Extensive cattle rancher of beef cattle and Iberian pigs in the Sierra Norte de Sevilla. She studied agricultural expert and when her father passed away she took the reins of the family livestock. She has worked in companies in the area combining it with livestock management, but this is where she feels full and proud of her work. She belongs to Ganaderas en Red and SOMOS Sierra Norte de Sevilla, two groups of which she always boasts for the good work they do to give light to the work of both women and young people in livestock and in the villages.

Block I / Pastures and carbon footprint

The combination of pasture management and the climate responsibility of extensive livestock farming is triggering debates on the C balance of this activity, as a GHG source or mitigator of climate change, which is particularly relevant in terms of differentiation from other production models.

Herbaceous and woody pastures, wooded pastures and grazed forests store large amounts of carbon in the soil, constituting one of the largest sinks for carbon sequestration in the long term. Therefore, the sustainable management of pastures and their use by extensive livestock farming, is essential in terms of climate change mitigation.

Presentations in this block deepen knowledge of the capacity of soils and pastures to sequester carbon and link this sequestration to livestock management, so that calculation of the carbon footprint takes into account not only the emissions from livestock farming, but also the capacity of the supporting ecosystems to sequester atmospheric CO2 depending on the management model used.

Mireia Llorente


Biologist and PhD on Sustainable Use of Forest System (University of Valladolid, Spain). Their fields of research are the soil management impact on the environment, soil fertility, extensive livestock farming systems and C cycling. Currently, she works in Fundación Entretantos.



Professor of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry at the University of Extremadura. Specialist in Agroforestry Systems; Soil-Plant Relations; Soil Carbon.


BC3-Basque Centre for Climate Change

Researcher on ecology and anthropology of livestock systems. He works in the reconsideration of the nature of environmental impacts attributed to pastoralism. His approach includes the estimation of baselines from wild herbivory in absence of livestock activity.



Degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Cordoba (1997) and PhD in Animal Production at the Spanish Research Council (CSIC, 2003). His main area os expertise is the development of nutritional strategies to reduce enteric methane fermentation in ruminants. He is coordinator of the Horizon-Europe project ‘Resilient Livestock’.



Researcher at CSIC since 2001. His scientific interest is focused on the description of biodiversity patterns, the delimitation of the processes that generate them and the drawbacks and possibilities of biodiversity databases. Working on the ecology of dung beetles, he has developed several investigations on the functions of these organisms in grassland biomes and the implications of their decline for the maintenance of these ecosystems.

Ramiro Oliveri

MITECO - SG de Aire Limpio y Sostenibilidad

Head of Service (SG for Clean Air and Industrial Sustainability, MITECO). Currently working in the area of GHG Emission Inventories to the atmosphere. He is responsible for coordinating and supervising the LULUCF sector (Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry). This sector is becoming increasingly important, as it is considered one of the key sectors in the fight against climate change.

Block II / Water management

Access to quality water is the main concern of farmers, who highlight the scarcity of water as the main effect of climate change on extensive livestock farms, affecting both animal health and welfare and sector socioeconomic  and environmental sustainability.

Livestock mobility alternatives, rainwater collection, adaptation and modernization of ponds and wells infrastructure or new regulation, are among proposed measures for the adaptation to the new climatic conditions, with increasingly prolonged periods of drought, torrential rains and aquifers in serious danger of salinization and pollution.

Presentations in this thematic block provide a comprehensive approach, beyond the sector itself, as well as innovative solutions that respond to the main needs of the sector, identified during the participatory process of the LIFE LiveAdapt project.



Bachelor´s Degree in Law from the complutense university of Madrid and a Master’s in international business from the Manchester university With over 20 years´experience in capturing competitive European funds, she is the CEO-Director of Innogestiona Ambiental.

nuria hernandez mora

Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Is a senior water policy expert with a PhD in Geography from the University of Seville. She has over 25 years of experience in research and consultancy focused on water policy evaluation and design, institutional analysis, public participation and drought risk management. She works with governmental and non-governmental organizations and research institutions on water governance. She is currently working at the Universidad Complutense in a EU-funded project to develop climate services and adaptation strategies for extensive livestock and dryland farmers. She is a founding member of the Fundación Nueva Cultura del Agua.

rafael muñoz

livestock farmer - LIFE LiveAdapt pilot farm

José María Martín

Universidad de Granada

His field of specialisation is landscape archaeology and Islamic history, with a special focus on the western Mediterranean. He developed his academic career mainly in Spain and Italy, having the opportunity to benefit from interdisciplinary and fruitful research environments, and establishing strong links with the scientific community.

Block III / Governance, policy and CAP

Depopulation and rural development are strongly linked to extensive livestock farming, and require new models of participation and governance in environmental and territorial planning with a bottom-up, multi-actor and territorial approach, with the complicity of regulations at all levels, in line with an essential activity to guarantee food sovereignty, the adaptation and mitigation of climate change. Extensive livestock farming is key for European strategies such as the European Green Pact, Farm to Fork.

Do Strategic Plans respond to the territorial needs of the sector? Does the CAP adequately promote sustainability and the adaptation of extensive livestock farming? What criteria should environmental instruments such as eco-schemes, agri-environmental and climate measures or the protection of livestock breeds articulate?

In order to answer these questions, this thematic block, extensive livestock farming and its associated ecosystem services is analyzed along with innovative political, social and economic support measures that facilitate adaptation and boost the global role of pastoralism in the face of climate change, through tools such as performance-based payments (RBPS) with effective and relevant indicators to enhance knowledge flows in EU AKIS.

María Pía Sánchez


Twenty-three years as a bank director. Four years as a Member of Congress. Currently dedicated to livestock farming in a Dehesa and president of the Spanish Federation of the Dehesa since its constitution in 2015.

Jabier Ruiz

WWF-European Policy Office

Graduate in Forestry Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Jabier did his doctoral thesis on grazed fuelbreaks at the University of Granada, Spain, where he explored how livestock could contribute to reducing wildfire hazard in Mediterranean forests. He is currently taking a sabbatical from his position of Senior Policy Officer, Agriculture and Sustainable Food Systems at WWF-European Policy Office.



Biologist, specialist in territorial planning, researcher and facilitator of governance processes. His current professional career is focused on project management for the Entretantos Foundation, in addition to energizing the Platform for Extensive Livestock and Pastoralism and collaborating with other pastoralist and agroecological organizations.

Teresa Pinto


Her research focuses on the dynamics and management of rural landscapes, relations between agriculture and landscape, the multifunctionality of landscape, transition processes in rural areas, policies and management decisions at various scales, and relations between decision-makers and users and landscape.

Fernando Viñegla

Por Otra PAC

Biologist, coordinator of the Coalition for Another CAP, a grouping of fifty civil society organisations seeking the agro-ecological transition of the agri-food system through the change towards a fair, healthy and sustainable Common Agricultural Policy.

Block IV / Digitalisation and business models

Differentiation, certification, visibility, traceability, local breeds, local production and generational replacement are central aspects for extensive livestock farming, as a predominantly family-based business model, rooted in the territory and with a strong cultural and traditional base.

While the quality of products from extensive livestock farming is a widely accepted fact, there is still much room for improvement in terms of social recognition, the consolidation of specific marketing channels, proximity sale chains. This would require flexibility and administrative and sanitary simplification. At the same time, there are significant shortcomings in terms of transformation, associationism and networking, towards promoting capacity-building and market positioning.

On the other hand, the digitalisation of the sector could facilitate the farm daily management, improve the life standards of livestock farmers -monitoring of herds, births, feeding, etc.-, whilst there is an important rejection of digital bureaucracy, which excludes an important part of the people who are traditionally dedicated to livestock farming.

In order to explore these issues in greater depth, this thematic block includes presentations that provide a comprehensive approach with feasible solutions in the short and medium term in terms of marketing, business models and digitalization of extensive livestock farming.


pigchamp pro europa

Degree in Veterinary Medicine for the UCM and Master in Digital Transformation for the UE. Working in PigCHAMP since its creation with different roles and responsibilities, including the reproductive software sales and bureau service, digital biosecurity control, software development on demand for multinational companies, poultry health and production cloud solutions and electronic and precision livestock feeding equipment sales. Currently managing the Digital Transformation in Livestock Department supervising 22 professionals including, Vets, Agronomists, Software Engineers, Telecom Engineers and Data Scientists.

Adrián Almazán

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid / ecologistas en acción

PhD in Philosophy. He graduated in Physics at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, alternating his scientific training with militancy in different libertarian collectives, spaces where he acquired a collective and autonomous political education and encountered for the first time the critique of progress and technology.

Juanma Intxaurrandieta


He is currently working partly as a technician on issues related to technical-economic management in Instituto Navarro de Tecnologías e Infraestructuras Agroalimentarias (INTIA). He has worked on numerous national and international projects related to pasture typification, sustainability of agro-livestock systems, environment and livestock farming, and innovation in dairy sheep farms.

Fernando María Vicente


Degree in Law from the University of Salamanca and in Economics from the UNED. PhD from the University of Alcalá. Lecturer in the Department of Business Administration and Economics at the University of Salamanca. Participation in several Operational Groups of the European Innovation Agency in collaboration with livestock associations and companies linked to the beef value chain. Coordinator of the study on the agri-food sector in Castilla y León for the CESCyL.

Álvaro Barrera


Degree in Veterinary Science (University of Cordoba); in Food Technology (University of Granada) and Senior Management, Management and Finance (University of Osuna). President of the ECOVALIA Association, a non-profit organisation that promotes organic production and responsible consumption, with more than one million hectares associated in Europe.

Block V / Animal health and welfare

High temperatures and solar radiation affect animal health and welfare, with severe effects on the profitability of livestock farms. On the one hand, the increased frequency of extreme weather events will have to be supported by agricultural insurance adapted to the new circumstances. Finally, reduced rainfall and higher temperatures in Mediterranean areas will affect the production of pasture and fodder crops, which are necessary for improved livestock feed management. On the other hand, in order to ensure quality water availability, specific measures need to be implemented not only for welfare of livestock, but to guarantee exploitation sustainability

In this context, the LiveAdapt project proposes measures to improve management and protect the natural resources that guarantee the resilience of ecosystems, livestock farms, animal health and welfare, such as soil fertility, biodiversity, tquality and abundance of pastures and forage, and water resources, while protecting and increasing the natural and artificial elements that provide shade for livestock and their feed.


universidad de córdoba

Senior Lecturer at the University of Córdoba in the Department of Animal Health. His lines of research focus on the parasitic fauna of free-living animals; Epidemiology of parasitosis in production animals; Parasitic zoonosis; Immunology of animal helminthiasis.

João Simões

Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro

Veterinary Medicine graduated (1993), PhD in veterinary Sciences (2004) at University of Trás-Os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD, Vila Real- Portugal) and "Habilitation" ("Agregation") in Veterinary Science - Clinical Speciality at FMV, University of Lisbon (2021). He worked as veterinary physician at Azores-Portugal (1993-1994) and at UTAD from 1994 also as Assistant and Assistant Professor.

Oscar García

independent veterinary

Degree in Veterinary Medicine at UCM (1982). Clinical veterinarian for cattle since 1984. Advisor to organic livestock farms since 1995. Various training and informative activities in organic livestock farming and alternative therapies.

Maria del Carmen García


Veterinarian, director of the Natural Park of the Sierra de Castril (Granada), former director of the Regional Agricultural Office (OCA) of Baza, she is a member of "Ganaderas en red".

Maurin Olivier

CORAM - Chair of the European Regional Support Group of the IYRP

Shepherd, I raise 250 ewes, 150 pigs and 10 oxen all of local breeds on a transhumant system. I am also president of the dairy sheep breeds of the Pyrenees and we are carrying out a lot of genetic work to adapt our animals to the various changes we are experiencing, both climatic and economic. I am also president of an association that defends pastoral systems at the national level.

Institutional policies



PhD in Physical Sciences from the University of Zaragoza and currently Professor Emeritus of the Department of Economic Analysis in Zaragoza and Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation at the UN.