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Doñana Strawberry and Sustainable Water Management Group

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5888268 km2
Countries
Brazil; Peru; Suriname; France; Colombia; Guyana; Bolivia; Venezuela; Ecuador
Cities
Santa Cruz; Manaus; La Paz
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Partners: ahold
Coca-Cola Enterprises
coop
edeka
eurogroup
innocent
marks and spencer
migros
SAI Platform
sainsbury's
unilever
wild flavors
WWF
Countries: Spain
Regions: Guadalquivir
Project SDGs:
Includes Sustainable Development Goals from the project and its locations.
Target 6.6: Protect and Restore Ecosystems
Target 2.4: Sustainable Agriculture
Target 6.4: Water Use Efficiency
Project Topics:
Includes topics from the project and its locations.
Soil Erosion and Health
Irrigation Management and Technology
Pesticide and Fertilizer Management
Project Type: Collective Action
Language: English
Start & End Dates: Apr. 2014  »  Ongoing
Project Website: www.saiplatform.org/uploads/1-pager-Donana-strawberry-projec...
Project Source: User
Profile Completion: 83%
Desired Partners: Business, NGO / Civil Society
Support Needed: Project implementation

Project Overview

Spain is the second largest producer of strawberries worldwide, and about seventy percent of Spanish strawberries are grown in the Doñana region. Unfortunately, the recent growth of strawberry production in this province has put a great strain on the quantity and quality of water resources in the region, which is home to an iconic protected wetland. Without measures taken, continued pressure on these water resources will ultimately lead to severe environmental degradation...

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Spain is the second largest producer of strawberries worldwide, and about seventy percent of Spanish strawberries are grown in the Doñana region. Unfortunately, the recent growth of strawberry production in this province has put a great strain on the quantity and quality of water resources in the region, which is home to an iconic protected wetland. Without measures taken, continued pressure on these water resources will ultimately lead to severe environmental degradation of the protected Doñana ecosystem as well as to a reduction in the long term availability of strawberries from the region. At SAI Platform’s Water Seminar in Seville in April 2014, there was a growing realisation that in order to protect the sector long-term interest in sourcing strawberries from Doñana, urgent work is needed at the watershed level to improve water governance, implement and enforce laws, and adopt the most sustainable and efficient water management practices. It was notably acknowledged through pilot projects that Doñana strawberries can be grown using 40% less water, with no impact on yield or quality. These pilot projects need to be scaled up and replicated across the farming region, along with best water management practices. The Doñana Strawberry and Sustainable Water Management group coordinated by SAI Platform currently comprises four brands: Danone, innocent and Coca-Cola, and Unilever; six retailers: Ahold, Coop, Edeka, Marks & Spencer, Migros and Sainsbury’s; the intermediary companies Eurogroup and Wild Flavors as well as WWF Spain. Also involved as key stakeholders and advisors are the processing company SVZ, and the Ramsar Convention on wetlands. The group is open to other interested groups upon request and approval. It aims to achieve specific outcomes at three levels: 1. Government: Work with the National and Regional governing bodies to enforce the necessary framework, regulations and controls to ensure a sustainable rate of groundwater abstraction, the maintenance of good water quality and to ensure compliance with environmental legislation regarding water and soil use. 2. Industry: Develop a joint and effective approach to ensure that current water management, land use and broader environmental laws are applied and enforced, along with the most sustainable water management practices. 3. Farmers: Encourage and provide support to farmers towards the use of better agricultural practices contributing to saving water. Since its launch in May 2014, the group has performed the following activities: 1. Develop a 6 page background document explaining the current agronomic and environmental situation, past actions at government, industry and farm levels, gaps, and possible future actions. 2. Identified key stakeholders to be involved in forthcoming activities, including especially suppliers to the group members. 3. Started to elaborate a joint strategy at Government, industry and farm levels.

Project Results

Intended beneficiaries: - strawberry farmers in the region - strawberry value chain stakeholders - community - nearby National Park - etc

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Organization Partners


Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) manufactures and distributes some of the most popular beverage brands in the world. The foundation of our business is the world’s most popular non-alcoholic ready-to-drink brand portfolio, which includes the world’s most recognized brand, Coca-Cola, alongside Diet ... Learn More

The global food chain organisation for sustainable agriculture. Learn More

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is an international non-governmental organization working on issues regarding the conservation, research and restoration of the environment. It is the world's largest independent conservation organization with over 5 million supporters worldwide, working in ... Learn More

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