the practices of human communities involved, and link them to the societal challenges of pastoralism


the knowledge and know-how associated with transhumance on a national, European or even global level.


the modes of transmission of the know-how and social skills (traditions, customs, work, transport, or environmental regulations), in a changing society



A form of agropastoralism, transhumance (from the Latin trans, "beyond", and humus, "earth") consists in moving, at certain seasons, large herds of sheep, cattle, goats and horses , over more or less long distances. In France, it still takes place in a lively and organized way over several territories: the Alps, Corsica, the Jura, the Massif Central, Provence, the Pyrenees, the Vosges, where it shapes, with a wide variety of forms, relationships between men, animals, and ecosystems.

Practiced for over 4,000 years on all continents, transhumance is experiencing a gradual decline in the West. However, in order to preserve this ancestral practice, in June 2020, France inscribed transhumance as Intangible Cultural Heritage.

“A very moving moment of recognition of all the massifs united in the same approach. "

Denise Leiboff
President of the National Federation of Pastoral Communes

“Transhumance deserves to be recognized at its true value. Cultural, economic, and ancestral value. “

The TNCA Team

“So that transhumance endures, and our regions are preserved. “

The Minot family