LEARN ABOUT OLIVARES VIVOS
WE ARE OLIVE GROWERS RESEARCHERS CONVERVATIONISTS
PEOPLE FROM THE COUNTRYSIDE SCIENTISTS INVOLVED
TOGETHER TO RECOVER THE OLIVE GROVE BIODIVERSITY
Olivares Vivos is made up by olive growers and both public and private institutions that put faith into the future of the olive grove and have already shown that it is possible to have another model profitable and committed to nature olive growing.
THE OLIVE GROVE: A HOT SPOT OF BIODIVERSITY IN EUROPE
Due to its extension, social and economic importance and environmental value, the olive grove is a strategical crop for the European Union. It covers almost 5 million hectares along this community of countries and it is one of the main crops in Spain, Italy, Greece and Portugal, with peak regions such as Andalusia and Apulia. Furthermore, it employs thousands of workers as in the field as in the related industry, means a significant percentage of the agricultural GDP of these countries and becomes a country brand in all of the them.
In addition, it is the most representative crop of the Mediterranean basin ecoregion (the most important European region for the biodiversity conservation on a global scale). Due to its permanent nature (unlike herbaceous crops) and the thousands of years it has been cultivated, the flora and fauna of this region have not only evolved alongside the olive grove, but also have found a refuge in it. It can be verified with the naked eye, just observing the large number of olive groves inside areas of the Natura 2000 Network or around them.
Unfortunately, this biodiversity is in crisis. The abuse of fertilizers and phytosanitary products with the purpose of reaching the intensification of the olive grove, the use of heavy machinery during agricultural works and its extension over other crops, creating large monocultures, have caused an ecological crisis, whose main symptoms are the erosion and the loss of biodiversity.
The main reason of this situation has been the search for the maximum possible production, due that both the public institutions and the farmers themselves have considered it as the only way to look for the profitability of their farms. A decision that has consequences on the profitability of traditional olive groves, that are now competing with other more productive plantations or have to resort to the use of large amounts of fertilizers and pesticides, whose price are increasing.
WORKING IN FAVOUR OF NATURE INCREASES THE OLIVE OWNERS PROFITABILITY
THE LARGEST STUDY WORLDWIDE ON BIODIVERSITY IN THE OLIVE GROVE HAS BEEN CARRIED OUT FOR DEVELOPING THIS MODEL
THE LARGEST STUDY ON THE BIODIVERSITY OF THE OLIVE GROVE
A quarter of the total number of birds in the Iberian Peninsula.
One fifth of the ants in the Iberian Peninsula and Baelaric Island.
One fifth of the wild bees in the Iberian Peninsula
17% of the Andalusian vascular flora
IT WAS SUCH AN EXHAUSTIVE RESEARCH THAT A
NEW PLANT SPECIE WAS DISCOVERED
the Linaria qartobensis ,located in an olive grove in Córdoba
AS WELL AS AN ANT THAT WAS THOUGHT TO BE EXTINT IN THE IBERIAN PENINSULA
the Aphaenogaster gemella.
RESTORING BIODIVERSITY PLANS ARE IMPLEMENTED
BIODIVERSITY IN OLIVE GROVES IS MEASURED AGAIN
On average, more than 5 species per group of indicators were recovered and their abundance increased by 36%, in just three years.
Four of the five groups of indicators increased, both in species richness and abundance.
Different manuals were prepared for explaining how to recover biodiversity on agricultural plantations, as well as other materials so that farmers who wanted to, could know how to certify their farms and their oils as Olivares Vivos.
THE PARTICIPANTS EVOOs HAVE THE OLIVARES VIVOS HALLMARK
The first participating oils were put up for sale to evaluate consumer behaviour towards these EVOOs and the Olivares Vivos hallmark.
140.903 m2 of
restored olive groves
BUT THIS DOES NOT END HERE
LIFE OLIVARES VIVOS+
During its first stage, Olivares Vivos has become a benchmark in the reconciliation of agricultural management with biodiversity, achieving a great both national and international recognition. And this is the line where a good part of our new objectives can be found.
In this line is where a good part of the new objectives that we have set ourselves are moving.