Olivenza Regional Forum

The main issue of the second Spanish regional forum within the European Business & Biodiversity Campaign on 19th October 2011 in Olivenza, Extremadura, was the economic significance of maintaining biodiversity in “Las Dehesas”. The forum discussed companies' impacts on biodiversity in the countryside of Extremadura. Furthermore, a "Landscape Auction” supported actions in favour of the Dehesa biodiversity.

The Olivenza Regional Forum served to establish
contacts between those involved in the management
and conservation of biodiversity in Extremadura.
Foto: Fundación Global Nature

Protecting the Dehesas' biodiversity to protect their economic viability, this was the main issue of the second Spanish regional forum. This forum served to get those connected who are involved in managing and conserving biodiversity in Extremadura. At the opening of the forum, Eduardo de Miguel, Fundación Global Nature Director, said: "The biodiversity of the Dehesa is not a hindrance to business activities, but a business opportunity. So, it is especially important to assess the impact of businesses and to halt the loss of species in the countryside of Extremadura." The Extremadura Rural Development Director, Jose Luis Gil Soto ensured that the preservation of this ecosystem's biodiversity serves as an efficient tool for sustainability".

During a morning session, Case Studies on experiences of the Dehesa landscape management and biodiversity enhancement were presented. One of the forum's attendees is Luis Javier Hernández, director of sustainable forest planning of Ence, a company that has already implemented a Biodiversity Check to assess the environmental impact of its activity and contributes to compensate for increased biodiversity. Ence is dedicated to the forestry resources plantation and its processing into pulp and renewable energy.

At the afternoon session, a "Landscape Auction” was held where the assistants placed bets to support actions in favour of the Dehesa biodiversity. The actions supported were:

  1. Plantation oaks
  2. Native chicken breeds: pilot project, as a pest control strategy
  3. Control of diseased plants (affected by La Seca): detection and cleaning of sick oaks and cork plants.
The Trefinos Group (a company dedicated to the production of corks for the champagne, cava and wine industries) reached the highest bid with € 2,750 for the investigation of a sick in oak species. This tree disease is called "La Seca”. In addition, some farmers have requested for their farms to undergo a biodiversity check to assess and remedy the negative impacts on biodiversity. The day ended with the creation of working groups to conduct auction activities. The forum was attended by associations and owners of farms, cork transformers , technicians from various companies and administrations, tourism and leisure business in nature. The event, organised by Fundación Global Nature and Ambienta45, had the support of the local organisations Foro El Encinal, GEDES, AECERIBER, Extrefor, Advisor and Cluster of Extremadura Cork.
The event was attended by 29 institutions, 15 of which were companies.

For further informations please visit http://www.fundacionglobalnature.org/ or send an email to eaguirre@fundacionglobalnature.org

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