Biodiversity

we promote ecological infrastructures like hedges and ponds

Approximately 50 % of European species depend on agrarian habitats

Highly intensive production systems and the exploitation of agricultural land have made agriculture one of the main drivers of biodiversity loss. Nevertheless, biodiversity at farm level can be improved through good agrarian practices, with special attention to ecological infrastructures and to soil and water management. 

Recovering soil organic matter is a key step, so we implement green covers, we evaluate how and when effectively fertilize the soil, and we encourage traditional practices such as fallow lands or rotation with legumes. The maintenance of water elements, the restoration of hedges, and the creation of native flower strips to attract pollinators are some of the measures that deliver tangible results for biodiversity at the field.

We recover the native vegetation of the buffer areas around of La Mancha wetlands where we are working for years, especially the flora of the Mediterranean salt steppes.

PROJECTS

We create alliances and promote innovation to ensure conservation and development

Sustainability is a shared responsibility and the conservation of our natural heritage involves finding benefits for all stakeholders living in side by side.

We promote the integration of biodiversity criteria in standards, labels and environmental certifications to improve the performance of companies and farmers, and the information received by consumers.

Ecological infrastructures

We work with vegetable suppliers of big companies that enter voluntary Biodiversity Improvement Programmes. The improvement measures are described in a Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP). The suppliers are assessed annually and new measures are proposed according to the BAP.

We support farmers with new income generation through productive tree planting.

In addition they preserve the local biodiversity by planting autochthonous shrubs species in their private lands.

We promote environmental improvement of tobacco crops keeping competitiveness. The project is located in Campo Arañuelo and La Vera regions (Extremadura).

We create farming areas to act as effective forest firewalls. In these farming areas, we recover local crops under organic management. Additionally it increases the landscape diversity.

We have in our farms merina negra sheep, blanca cacereña cows, and different hen breeds (negra castellana, andaluza azul, castellana codorniz and extremeña).

We own a nursery where we produce species such as sparto grass (Lygeum spartum) or Limonium sp. and other native plant species to develop restoration actions.

An open citizen science project with aims to improve existing knowledge on the status of farmland biodiversit

We recover the native vegetation of the buffer areas around of La Mancha wetlands where we are working for years, especially the flora of the Mediterranean salt steppes.

We work with wine growers to improve the biodiversity in vineyards with proposals of farming measures that positively impact on biodiversity and the competitiveness of the wine sector.

A project at a large scale in Europe to assess the effectiveness of the “Greening” of the CAP.

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