Today's transhumances

Today's transhumances

Transhumance, from the Latin trans, “beyond”, and humus, “land”, refers to the seasonal movements of large herds of sheep, cattle, goats and horses, over more or less long distances. In France, it remains a very lively practice in mountain and Mediterranean territories, where it marks and conditions, with a great diversity of forms, the relations between humans, animals and ecosystems.
While adapting to changes in society, sheep farmers have retained the extensive character of breeding in Provence and the Alps, the keystone of which remains the enhancement of large natural spaces and the practice of transhumance.

Transhumance soon to be registred on the UNESCO

Practices and know-how of transhumance in France were inscribed in the National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage in June 2020, and are the subject of an international nomination for inscription on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (UNESCO) in 2023.