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 schooling 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.

Fact Sheet "Biodiversity protection in viticulture in Europe"

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, an English “European document” was developed.

Identification Guide “Species diversity in viticulture”

An approximately 60-page booklet that shows vine growers which friends and allies can settle in a biodiverse vineyard. It facilitates the identification and recognition of the most important species or groups of species that occur in the vineyard and gives interesting details about their way of life. In addition, there are many practical tips on how biodiversity and especially beneficial organisms can be promoted by small measures.

The identification guide is available in 4 country-specific versions and languages: German, Spanish, Portuguese and Turkish. In addition, as an example for countries not participating in the project, the Portuguese version has been translated into English

The booklet is helpful for vine growers, advisors, teachers in viticulture schools and other vinicultural experts. The data volume is due to the many images and illustrations at 15MB and therefore can not be made available as a download. On request by e-mail, we will send you this brochure either as a printed brochure (if available) or as a PDF about data transfer.

Biodiversity check – individual training concepts in Spain, Portugal, Turkey and Germany

The Biodiversity Check offers the vine growers a first individual overview over the issue of biodiversity and thus provides the basis for integrating biodiversity in the management and to undertake actions for the sustainable use of resources and the protection of nature. The check is used to examine the different areas of the farm, such as management, vineyard, purchasing, sales etc. with regard to the effects on biodiversity. New is the fact that not only the direct impacts of the vinery/farm are considered, but also indirect effects that could arise along the supply chain, e.g. sustainability of materials used, marketing, sales etc. The check identifies the contact points between the farm and biodiversity and provides suggestions for objectives and measures to reduce risks and negative impacts. It is an internal instrument and does not constitute a certification. However, farmers can communicate that they have participated in the check, but the communication of activities and projects that have been performed to support biodiversity should be a priority.

Elements of the Biodiversity Check for vine growers:

  • Interview guide which serves as the basis for a structured conversation on the inventory of the farm.
  • (Confidential) individual biodiversity training concept to show the farmers´ strengths and weakness, setting goals and measures to enhance biodiversity performance.
  • Training of the vine growers in the application of their individual concept.


Who is addressed?

Who should be checked? The check provides vine growing farmers the opportunity to receive an individual biodiversity training concept that shows the farmers´ strengths and weakness, sets goals and measures to enhance its biodiversity performance. Additionally, vine growers also receive training in the application of their individual concept.

Who is going to check?  Within the project the partners have been trained in the procedure of the check and are good contacts. However, the check is designed in this way that other nature protection organization, technical stuff from winegrowers/agricultural associations and companies, teacher of agricultural schools, farm advisors or others not participated at the project can also do the check independently.

The biodiversity check and the manual are also available in 4 country-specific versions and languages: German, Spanish, Portuguese and Turkish. In addition, an Englisch "European" document was created.

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
0049 (0) 77 32 95 40

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Factsheet_eng_2017.pdf7.04 MB
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Biodiversity Check_Guidance_en.pdf577.67 KB
Biodiversity Check_Interview Guide_EN.pdf1.04 MB
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