Partnership for Biodiversity Protection in Viticulture in Europe

The relationship between EU agriculture and biodiversity has two faces. In the past, agriculture significantly contributed to increasing the diversity of landscapes and species in Europe, on one hand. On the other, intensive agriculture is one of the main drivers of biodiversity loss in the cultural landscape. Today, sound knowledge is available regarding food production and protection of biodiversity and ecosystems. But the knowledge is still not sufficiently considered and production methods not sufficiently adapted.

One of the reasons is that biodiversity is still not a subject of a farmer´s education or further training nor do they receive consulting directly on the farm. The project focuses on organic vine growers - farmers producing grapes in the vineyards - with a special focus on viticulture but taking sultana producers also into account.
The project aims on the exchange of experiences partner organizations made in the issue of vine growing and biodiversity to school each other and to develop information materials and specific biodiversity training modules. With the help f these materials vine growers will be trained on basic biodiversity knowledge and  in the systematic analyses of their impacts on biodiversity.

Biodiversity in viticulture - basic information and „Good examples"
The new fact sheet "Biodiversity protection in viticulture in Europe" is intended to raise awareness of the loss of biodiversity among the wine growers and also to convince them to implement measures for their protection. The document briefly explains what biodiversity is, but mainly deals with the benefits vine growers have if protecting biodiversity. In addition, "Good examples" of successfully implemented measures from Germany, Spain, Portugal and Turkey will be presented.
The Fact Sheet is available in 4 country-specific versions and languages: German, Spanish, Portuguese and Turkish. In addition, a English "European document" was developed.

They additionally will receive individual trainings performed directly on the farm so they can implement recommendations for improvements directly into their daily work. With the results and experiences a Biodiversity Program – a roadmap for biodiversity improvements at farm level will be developed to help vine growers not participated at the training to enhance their biodiversity performance as well.
Project duration: 1st of September 2015 - 31th of August 2018

Partners are:
Germany: Global Nature Fund, Ecovin
Spain: Fundación Global Nature, La Unió
Portugal: Quercus, ADVID
Turkey: Rapunzel Organik Tarim
Picture: Ecovin

"This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author. The commission has no responsibility for the further use of the information contained herein."

Kerstin Fröhle
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