In a statement, the Alentejo Regional Wine Commission (CVRA) announced the participation of its PSVA, the first in the country, to the international initiative “4 Pour 1000”, which brings together “private and public entities”, from “governments and non-profit organizations to centers of research and companies”.
The goal of this project, launched by France in 2015, is the struggle to adapt to climate change "through the exploration of the role of agricultural soils in capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere, as well as a guarantee of food security".
CVRA stressed that this international group “considers that an annual increase in carbon present in soils would significantly reduce the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere, exponentially increased by human activities”.
"This conviction is in line with the work that the PSVA has been developing through the promotion of good soil management, with the incentive to implement measures with Alentejo producers, such as greening, composting or the conservation and regeneration of biodiversity”.
Joining this international initiative is, therefore, “a natural step in the direction that PSVA aims to take”, underlined the coordinator of the Alentejo Wine Sustainability Program, João Barroso.
"The values and purpose of the initiative are in line with everything we stand for, namely that agriculture, and viticulture in particular, is not part of the problem, but of the solution to climate change", he argued, noting that joining the group will also allow “the sharing of even best practices to and from the members” of the PSVA.
This sustainability program within the scope of CVRA is committed to promoting more sustainable practices at an environmental, social and economic level in Alentejo's vineyards and wineries.
The “4 Pour 1000” initiative, created by the French Ministry of Agriculture and Food, has the support of the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture and the Federal Department of Agriculture and Food (BLE), as well as the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture.