The Interreg Sudoe “Fleurs locales” project generates concrete responses to the massive erosion of biodiversity, accelerated by climate change: Our goal consists in adaptation of protocols for the restoration of Mediterranean environments and the construction of ecological restoration chains with all stakeholders (space managers, scientists, producers of seeds, communities, users, etc.,) gathered around “local biodiversity management contracts.” Pilot territories are mobilized in the three countries of the SUDOE space. Based on common methods, each partner develops restoration chains to respond to specific local challenges (vineyards, olive groves, flowering meadows). The 7 project partners (scientists, managers and socio-economic actors) combine their skills to establish mixtures of native seeds and to structure restoration chains adapted to the diversity of the needs of the environments of the south-western region of Europe. Particularly, we will evaluate the suitability of using mixtures of native species as cover crops in the vineyards alley rows.
This project is implemented by a multidisciplinary team – UMinho, Conservatoire des Espaces Naturels Occitanie – CEN L-R (Fr), Centre d’Initiatives pour Valoriser l’Agriculture et le Milieu rural Garrigues de Thau – FAB’LIM (Fr), Semillas Silvestres (Esp), Fondation Global nature (Esp), Instituto Nacional de Investigação Agrária e Veterinária (INIAV (Port), Instituto Politécnico de Bragança – IPB (Port).