He Agrarian Technological Institute of Castilla y León (Itacyl) leads an international project, called “Ecospherewines”, whose objective is the improvement of areas and landscapes of high ecological value linked to vine cultivation as an economic resource and fundamental tourism.

This is an initiative in which they are In total, 13 entities from Spain, France and Portugal were involved, which aims to improve the ecosystem services provided by the agricultural landscapes of the vineyard through the implementation of a network of green infrastructures in areas of high ecological value for their conservation and sustainable management, improvement of biodiversity and increase of its resilience.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Rural Development emphasizes that the preservation of natural and environmental capital is crucial for rural communities, because it is a source of wealth, and they value this program because it implements a system of planned and interconnected elements. wine-growing territories improve the natural capital and biodiversity of the vineyard.

To meet this challenge, the project will rely technically on two pilots located in the south of France and in Spain-Portugal with four experimental zones. In Spain, the actions will be carried out in Galicia and Castile and León, the latter being carried out by Itacyl.

In these vines A methodology will be implemented to select, calculate and map ecosystem services. the most relevant to establish future scenarios that facilitate decision-making and enable the transfer and replicability of solutions tested internationally.

The territorial planning approach based on ecosystem services has already proven itself as an effective method for sustainable planning and management, particularly in urban areas. However, the application of this method in rural areas faces the challenge of the lack of specific data, the development of this project will therefore be crucial in the preservation of natural capital and adaptation to climate change in the SUDOE area.

Itacyl will be under the coordination of the Juana de Vega Foundation for the next three years in this initiative with a budget of 1.6 million euros and co-financed 75 percent by the Interreg Sudoe program with FEDER funds.

The Spanish part is thus integrated by Itacyl, the University of Coruña, ITER Research, the European Group of Territorial Cooperation Duero-Douro, the Mariñas Coruñesas Biosphere Reserve, the Wine Technology Platform and the Pagos de Brigante winery.

Portugal, for its part, is represented by the Associação para o Desenvolvimento da Vitícola Duriense, the Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro and the Duorum Vinhos winery.

Finally, the French Institute of Vine and Wine and the Interprofession des vins du Sud-Ouest France are the French entities involved in the “Ecospherewines” project.

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