The paper asks whether rural socially
innovative initiatives in Portugal can be considered
sources of adaptability and increased resilience to
land abandonment and land degradation in a vulnerable region to
changes. The article considers grassroots innovation in the Alentejo region.
on the lessons learned by the participants, the
discussion reflects on the sources of social and ecological resilience
These include facilitating new modes of
participatory governance, a shared vision for a sustainable village,
building up social
capital and the steady collection of memories of
traditional land use and resource management practices.