When we were sustainable. Learning from Barbanza: shaping our future from our roots

Expanded second edition of When we were sustainable. Learning from Barbanza: shaping our future from our roots

This publication gathers the conclusions of the first three years of work of the Barbanza Ecosocial Lab, a project created to learn about and disseminate the activities and processes that made rural communities sustainable and self-sufficient in the past and to evaluate which one of these can be replicated and adapted to the current context in order to promote the reactivation and stop the abandonment of these areas.

In 2021, after a year of activity in the Barbanza Ecosocial Laboratory, was published When we were sustainable as the result of the first phase of the Lab’s work, which focused on research into local knowledge and the historical management of the territory.

The second phase of the Barbanza Ecosocial Laboratory began with the implementation of the actions that were drawn from the first phases’ research, through the announcement of an open call for the promotion of sustainable and innovative initiatives -called seed projects- in the Barbanza peninsula.

Given the huge interest generated by the publication in its first edition, in 2023 we are launching a second, expanded edition that also includes the experience of the first three seed projects of the Barbanza Ecosocial Lab and sets out a roadmap for its future.

This expanded second edition is on sale at a non-profit price of €15, allowing us to cover production costs and to contribute €10 for each copy sold to finance sustainable agricultural, livestock, forestry or cultural initiatives in the Barbanza peninsula. You can book your copy — in Galician, Spanish or English — by sending an email to info@barbanzaecosocial.org.

Also, you can access its digital version for free through the following links:

Barbanza Ecosocial Lab

At the time of publication of the book, the Barbanza Ecosocial Lab was coordinated by Fundación RIA and had the support of the HISTAGRA research group of the University of Santiago de Compostela. The edition and production of the book was made possible thanks to the co-financing of the Banco Santander Foundation and the collaboration of the Juana de Vega Chair.