South African wine farms join land conservation efforts

The photo taken on September 21, 2021 shows a view of a wine farm in Paarl, South Africa. The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in South Africa has announced that 50 wineries across the country have been recognized as WWF Conservation Champions for their regenerative farming practices. (Xinhua / Lyu Tianran)
The photo taken on September 21, 2021 shows a view of a wine farm in Paarl, South Africa. The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in South Africa has announced that 50 wineries across the country have been recognized as WWF Conservation Champions for their regenerative farming practices. / Xinhua

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in South Africa has announced that 50 wineries across the country have been recognized as WWF Conservation Champions for their regenerative farming practices.

Most South African wines are produced in the vineyards of Cape Town, southwestern South Africa, which straddle two major hotspots of global biodiversity, the Cape Floral Kingdom and the Succulent Karoo, where grow many rare and endangered species.

These farms, covering 43,000 hectares of land including 23,000 hectares of pristine part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, have adopted practices such as the conservation of natural systems and biodiversity on their lands, the implementation of responsible production and innovation in water and energy efficiency, WWF South Africa said in a statement released Thursday.

According to WWF, many of these farms have set aside land for conservation, rehabilitated large sections of the Cape Floral Kingdom through invasive alien plant removal projects, reduced their water use and implemented solutions. energy efficiency.

Many of them have also diversified their offer of wine farms through sustainability initiatives to include nature-based activities like walking, hiking and mountain biking trails to attract more visitors and contribute to ecotourism. , said the environmental conservation organization.

In 2020, South Africa was the eighth wine producing country, producing 4% of the wines in the world.

The Conservation Champion program supports wineries in their conservation efforts through advisory support and assistance in setting tangible goals and prioritizing actions to address their most pressing environmental risks.

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