España Organica, Spain

Creating ecological infrastructure that helps prevent soil erosion and increase biodiversity.

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About España Organica

In 2012, PUR launched The España Organica project in the La Mancha region of Spain, a Biosphere Reserve. The project aims to improve the livelihoods of organic and in-transition farmers while increasing their resilience to extreme climate events.


España Organica has implemented agroforestry practices that improve microclimatic regulation provided by trees, which helps address water shortages and extreme drought in the area.

In 2021, this project was expanded to farms in Valencia, partnering with several vineyards. The main objectives are to create an ecological infrastructure that helps prevent soil erosion, increase biodiversity, and achieve biological control of pests. Project activities support these farmers to become leaders in sustainable wine-making practices.

Scaling The Project

2021 to 2022 involved launching the first planting wave in Valencia. This project is located in the Terres dels Alforins region, known for being a prominent wine-producing area. Collaboration with three vineyards began to implement sustainable farming practices, with participants expressing enthusiasm to restore agricultural landscapes in the area.

The main objective of the project is to restore local ecosystems — creating carbon sinks, limiting erosion, contributing to biological pest control, and increasing ecological infrastructure for biodiversity. We also aim to promote recognition of this area as a historic wine-producing region evolving towards sustainability.

Green Covers

Farmers that have implemented green covers have been enjoying very high yields in both pistachios and almond crops, paving the way for long-term results.

Planting Activities

Tree planting activities using an agroforestry model in Valencia, Spain.

High-Quality Materials

High-quality materials are used to enhance tree survival rates in Valencia, Spain.

Reducing Erosion

In strictly rainfed vineyards, soil is a fundamental element. Farmers are continuously trying to enhance their soils by reducing erosion and improving organic matter.

In joint cooperation between vineyards, FGN, and Wageningen University, an erosion model map was designed and different options were discussed to reduce the impact of long-term erosion — which involves planting in specific areas such as terraces and forest hedges.

The Risks of Soil Erosion

When soil degrades through natural and artificial processes, like erosion and overuse of fertilizers, it not only has the potential to reduce crop yields — it also releases emissions of carbon and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. By supporting the well-being of soils, we can help regulate the earth’s climate and mitigate the effects of global warming.

"Biodiversity is fundamental since it generates a much more biodiverse ecosystem. It allows us to control pests biologically, as well as to capture CO2. We have small plots, where the borders are colonized with adventitious vegetation, and we believe that these tree plantings ensure that pests are less than in other systems."

Juan Martinez, Spain

"We gain in beauty, landscape; we gain in biodiversity; we gain in the balance of ecosystems; and we avoid the development of erosion. We have much firmer terraces so that in the end, we get plots with uniform soil, which allow us to express the wines of that plot."

Miguel Velàzquez, Spain