Workers tending grape vines in Klawer, Namaqualand.
© CI/Photo by Tessa Mildenhall
About 90 percent of wine production in South Africa occurs within one of our Hotspots, the Cape Floristic Region. Most of this in turn occurs within the Lowland Renosterveld, of which only 9 percent still remains.
In response to the threat that encroaching vineyards were having on the Cape Floristic Region and the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative was launched in 2004.
Biodiversity and Wine Initiative
The Biodiversity and Wine Initiative (BWI), under the coordinated management of WWF South Africa, aims to assist farmers to assess the conservation value of their farms and implement farming guidelines. These best practice guidelines encourage stewardship in critical priority sites and good agricultural practice.
There are now 207 BWI members, including 19 champions. Their combined land covers ca. 205 000 ha, 62% of which is natural, and with 19 894 ha in land stewardship agreements.
This has resulted in the conservation of 78% of their wetlands and 86% of their rivers. (GreenChoice Biodiversity Baseline Study 2010). In addition, there have been substantial improvements in the management of alien invasive plants, water and fire.
Wines bearing the BWI label are sold abroad and locally at Woolworths, Pick n Pay, Macro and Checkers stores.
WEBSITE: Learn more about the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative