Wedderwill is a signatory to the Word Wildlife Fund (WWF) Biodiversity and Wine Initiative, and is one of just 18 of local estates to be declared ‘Champions in Conservation’.
In the narrowest definition, ‘biodiversity’ refers to the variation of life forms within any given ecosystem. But, as human activity has increasingly impacted on natural spaces, the term has become more meaningfully understood as a measure of the health of biological systems. And there’s little doubt that agriculture puts a strain on these systems. The best solution then, is to farm sensitively.
The Biodiversity and Wine Initiative (BWI) aims to help winemakers do just that, encouraging them to protect highly threatened natural areas on their estates. These are regarded as ‘stepping stones’ – or vital green fragments that link the world’s smallest (but most diverse) floral kingdom, the Cape’s fynbos.
The BWI has two levels of participation – a straightforward membership, as well as champion status. Both levels emphasise the need to: eradicate alien invasive plants; develop farm management plans beyond the cellar; and implement sound soil and water management systems. To be declared a champion, however, an estate needs to truly commit itself to the biodiversity project. Wedderwill has done this by:
To find out more, visit www.wwf.org.za.