At the beginning of the year, we started a series of training sessions organized as a part of the project "Carpathians Unite - Traditional Shepherding". The first out of ten meetings in this series took place in the Brenna commune, in "Przytulia" house. The meeting also had a function to promote the project's goals and benefits of traditional shepherding.

The meeting was attended by: the Brenna commune head, as well as a representative of the Silesian Marshal's Office, representatives of the Agricultural Advisory Center, representatives of the Silesian Voivodeship Landscape Parks Complex, a member of the PodhalanAssociation as well as shepherds and sheep breeders from Brenna and specialists from the UNEP/GRID-Warsaw Centre.

Participants discussed why the presence of shepherding shaped landscape is so important for the Carpathians and their nature; about plans to include cultural grazing on the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage, as well as about the practice of grazing sheep in valuable natural areas. An important point of the meeting was the discussion on the future of shepherding in Brenna.

Representatives of authorities and local offices were very open to cooperation in carrying out tasks arising from the project. The idea to establish an association of shepherds and breeders came up. It seems that in the near future, shepherds can gain a lot if they manage to switch to team activities. Discussions about the future were also important for the UNEP/GRID-Warsaw Centre team, because we are motivated to bring real benefits for the community and nature of the region.

"Carpathians Unite - Traditional Shepherding" project is oriented on active protection of endangered species and natural habitats in the Carpathians. The main goal is to maintain and improve the condition of semi-natural, non-forest ecosystems of mountain meadows and grasslands as natural habitats and sites of occurrence of endangered species.

The project is implemented by the UNEP/GRID-Warsaw Centre in cooperation with the Polish Association for the Protection of Birds (OTOP).