What was the challenge/ problem that was addressed? 

Montado is a silvo-pastoral production system, sometimes even agroforestry, but the most decisive component for its balance is the trees, because without them Montado cannot exist. In a scenario where they disappear or are destroyed, sustainable approaches are needed. 

How did you solve the problem? 

With a multi-stakeholder approach that includes forestry, an IT service provider and a team of agronomists and advisors, in a joint 3-year project. 

What are the success factors in solving the problem? 

A consortium innovation project bringing decisions based on concrete and robust data, regarding the renewal of the Montado, moving from an empirical to a rigorous approach based on scientific assumptions. 

Unexpected fails if any 

After a broader approach, with the support of the scientific community, it was realized that a tailor-made and applied innovation approach with an immediate impact on research was needed. 

Lessons learned. 

The innovation process, as long as it consists of a clear objective and a multidisciplinary team that interacts and complements the various needs of the project, does not need public funding, because the impact is already an inalienable added value. 

What role does the advisor or advisory service play within the practical case? 

  • Supported the creation of a multi-actor team. 
  • Co-creation approaches throughout the process. 
  • Connection between technological solutions and their application in a wider spectrum. 

Can your approach be transferred and/or adapted for other innovation challenges and regions? 


Estimated transferability on a scale from 1 to 5  

(where 1 is easy and 5 very difficult) 


For sharing the experience on the good practice, please contact Nuno Rodrigues (npr@mgilferreira.com