We know a lot about the link between agricultural production and biodiversity conservation already. However, there is still too little of this knowledge being taught in agricultural education and further training. Since the preservation of biodiversity is close to the heart of organic winegrowers and is one of the cornerstones of organic winegrowing, the Federal Association of Organic Winegrowers ECOVIN has set up the "Biodiversity Check". It represents a management system that focuses all measures in the vineyard, in the cellar and in marketing on promoting the diversity of species.
In 2016, the Biodiversity Check was awarded the Rheinhessen sustainability award, as well as at the UN Decade of Biodiversity 2016.
The check examines direct and indirect effects of the winery on biodiversity. The direct ones include leaf management, cultivation and nature conservation measures in the vineyard. Indirect impacts are caused by packaging, distribution or marketing. Some can be solved by the company itself, some can be changed through dialogue with partners, suppliers and customers.
Giving everything for the diversity of species
The biodiversity check provides the basis for a stocktaking in the winery. From this, goals and measures for the protection of biodiversity can be derived and at the same time negative external effects of viticulture can be reduced. The ECOVIN biodiversity check thus provides the basis for the introduction of a biodiversity programme. The more than 80 small and large measures, some of which are already being applied as "best practice" at some wineries, were supplemented by research carried out by the Lake Constance Foundation and Global Nature Fund and are something of the essence of the biodiversity programme. It is available free of charge to all wineries.
ECOVIN has laid down the preservation and promotion of biodiversity in its statutes in 2019. Thus, all ECOVIN farms commit themselves to it and do their utmost to preserve and promote biodiversity.
For further information please visit the ECOVIN website