We’re so excited to announce that One Square Meter, a needle-felt sculpture which creatively demonstrates the link between mobile pastoralism and biodiversity, is spreading roots to include more women from pastoralist communities and landscapes from not just the Mediterranean but across the globe.
Created for women by women, this celebration of mobile pastoralism and benefits to nature, the climate, animals, human beings, societies and rural economies, is rooted in strong research, science and self-determined community processes – making it a useful tool for engaging decision makers. The creation process enables women wool-workers from different communities to exchange knowledge and learn from one another, and the final piece helps pastoral communities develop funds and support the livelihoods, particularly of women.
16 – 18 March 2018 saw the first exchange for a new One Square Meter take place in Hervaz, Spain, between Almudena and Ana (DehesaLana) and Esra and Güler from Avukma, a Turkish women’s cooperative who will be creating One Square Meter Turkey.
The energy and momentum around One Square Meter exploded over the weekend and will continue to grow as more women from more communities around the world take part in creating One Square Meters depicting the plant diversity found in areas where mobile pastoralism occurs.
A big thank you to Avukma, DehesaLana, DiversEarth and Trashumancia y Naturaleza for being a part of this wonderful exchange.