Managing viticultural ecosystems using functional biodiversity indicators and agroecology approaches for sustainable production and consumer engagement – the case of SOGRAPE in Portugal and Spain


Abstract: The 2022 Kunming-Montreal agreement for the United Nations Convention for
Biological Diversity (CBD) saw unprecedented support and participation from global businesses that pushed governments for higher ambition in setting the Global Biodiversity Framework post2020 (GBF). Sogrape actively participated in this landmark drive for a nature-positive world joining more than 700 global businesses from all sectors. This commitment stemmed from our pioneering adoption of IOBC-based integrated production for all Sogrape vineyards in Portugal for more than 20 years, dedicated sustainable viticulture work across five countries and the stern realization that natural resources underpinning Sogrape’s wine business are threatened by the lack of efficient public governance for protection of ecosystems in wine regions. Owning more than 1100 hectares of vineyards in Iberia, Sogrape launched a wide project for nature-positive winegrowing integrated in its «Seed the Future» global sustainability program. Surveys were conducted to combine data on climate, soil pedology, crop vegetation, biodiversity and ecosystem for ecosystem management and agroecology indicators. In this work, we present data in Portugal and Spain to drive value from biodiversity and ecosystem-management into wine brand equity and engagement with consumers and citizens.

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