Project Activities in the Babia Góra Biosphere Reserve


photo: Emilia Rutkowska


photo: Emilia Rutkowska


photo: Emilia Rutkowska


photo: Emilia Rutkowska


BG 17: Remodelling of a flock master's hut and renewing pasturage


Sheep and goat pastoralism has a long tradition in the Babia Góra region but has been abandoned in the last decades. The museum Orava Ethnographic Park, an open air museum exhibiting traditional housing and customs decided to engage in saving this tradition.

A traditional shepherd's hut was built on the grounds of the museum and shepherds have been contracted to use the huts, grazing sheep, goats and cattle.

The construction works were realised with local materials, traditional technology, employing local craftsmen and employees of the ethnographical museum. The hut includes a living room and a working room for producing cheese, equipped with traditional pastural tools and information materials like leaflets and information boards concerning the pasture, its tradition and its local and regional history.

The activity aimed not only at demonstrating the tradition of pastoralism in the museum but should be taken as an example for building a number of huts in the Biosphere Reserve to preserve the tradition, to support the conservation of meadows and to establish opportunities for local people to generate income from cheese production and tourism. The establishment of shepherd huts would contribute to the attractiveness of Babia Góra landscape and thus be an important factor for sustainable tourism development.


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Museum Orava Ethnographic Park

 
 

 

 

Contact: Michael Meyer at Ecological Tourism in Europe (ETE) | tel: +49-228-359008 | fax: +49-228-359096 | e-mail: m.meyer@oete.de