Managing forests collectively in Galicia

Do you know what happened to historical commonlands in Europe? Before the 18th century many of our rural areas where managed directly by communities. Today, many of these historical commonlands have been taken by the state, are privatised or abandoned.
To show what’s happening in a community in Galicia, Spain, I made a short video (above). O … read more »

A trip across Galician territory: building the rural and the commons

By Marta Nieto Romero
On the 26th of November I attended a collective hike in Galicia (North West Spain). Organized by the Commons Study Program they invited members of Ergosfera, an association of architects, who guided us in an amazing trip throughout the rural space of Galicia under the lenses of: Commons, Feminism and Rurality. The … read more »

“Common-tryside”: revitalising the Portuguese countryside through commoning forests

Image showing a baldio in Trás-os-Montes region. Source: Secretariado dos Baldios de Tras-os-Montes e Alto Douro. http://www.sbtmad.pt/site/
By Marta Nieto Romero
“Para lá de Marão, mandam os que lá estão”-
“At the other side of Marão, govern those who are there”
(traditional Portuguese saying)
Last week, Elisabete, Sandra and me crossed the recently inaugurated tunnel of Marão to meet … read more »