The main objective of the OPEN2PRESERVE project is to connect current interdisciplinary scientific knowledge with technology and practical operation, in order to implement and assess combined techniques that guarantee the preservation of the ecosystem services linked to open spaces with high natural value. The project proposes starting different regional pilot experiences based on the combination of guided herbivory and initial techniques to reduce fuel through controlled burns. All the experiences seek to offer innovative solutions that guarantee the economic feasibility of the commitment and can serve as an example and training for the execution of similar initiatives at local and regional level.
European open landscapes evolved under a natural regimen of fires and herbivory, which can today be emulated by sustainable management practices. Controlled burns and guided grazing are presented as key options to reduce the accumulation of fuel, stop the expansion of the wood component and prevent the loss of patchwork landscapes and their associated biodiversity.