Project

Doñana Berry Project

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Overview

The Doñana Berry Project promotes sustainable berry production in the agricultural area surrounding the Doñana Wetlands of Spain, an area of amazing biodiversity at risk of drying up.

Duration
2014 to 2020
Location
Spain
Crop
Berries
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The challenge

Tourism, industrial use and agricultural irrigation, among other factors, have placed the Doñana Wetlands at considerable risk of drying up.

The production of strawberries and other crops, one of Europe’s most important ecological systems and the livelihoods of an estimated 200,000 people are all under threat.

Sectoral change in berry production including strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries, and an improvement in water management practices will help preserve the Doñana Wetlands.

Objectives

  • Support more sustainable berry production 
  • Reduce water use  

Support

Achievements

  • Creating stronger connections between farmers, businesses, stakeholders and governments to meet common sustainability goals
  • Empowering local farmers by providing best practice training with local experts via Ferdoñana
  • Increasing the optimisation of water management by farmers
  • Reducing the risk of water contamination
  • Demonstrating the effectiveness of SAI Platform’s pre-competitive, knowledge sharing model.