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Olivares Vivos certification is based of the most important scientific study carried out worldwide on the biodiversity of olive groves

The first Extra Virgin Olive Oils in the world and the first agri-food product in Europe with a certified contribution to biodiversity conservation.

Olivares Vivos certification has the scientific endorsement of the Spanish National Research Council and the University of Jaen, under the coordination of SEO/BirdLife

Scientific publications

  • LIFE Olivares Vivos. Increasing the profitability of olive farming by recovering biodiversity. First results

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  • Assessing flora and fauna biodiversity in Andalusian olive groves

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  • Andalusian olive groves: a humanised forest?

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  • Olivares Vivos. Design and certification of olive groves that preserve biodiversity

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  • Low‐intensity management benefits solitary bees in olive groves

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  • Landscape-moderated biodiversity effects of ground herb cover in olive groves: Implications for regional biodiversity conservation

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  • Interacting effects of landscape and management on plant–solitary bee networks in olive orchards

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  • Conserving olive groves, a profitable effort

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  • Review of the use of insect hotels for the study of interaction networks in agroecosystems: insights from their use in olive farms.

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  • Olivares Vivos. Biodiversity as added value in agriculture. From ecosystem services to market differentiation

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  • Biodiversity in Andalusian olive orchards: assessing the effect of agricultural management and landscape simplification

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Project timeline

  • 2016

    1. We studied andalusian olive groves

  • 2. We chose 20 demonstration olive groves throughout andalusia

  • 3. We measured biodiversity in the demonstration olive groves and monitored them

  • 4. We designed restoration plans for each olive grove

  • 5. We restored their biodiversity

  • 6. We measured biodiversity again

  • 7. We present the first olivares vivos extra virgin olive oils

  • 2020

    8. We study the impact of olivares vivos certification on the market in order to see how many citizens like you support this initiative by buying these extra virgin olive oils

    HERE YOU ARE SUPPORTING THE PROJECT

  • 9. We analyse all data

  • 10. We develope a certification handbook

  • 11. Olivares vivos opens to all olive farmers

ECOSYSTEM SERVICES PROVIDED BY BIODIVERSITY

These are the services provided by biodiversity to agriculture and society in general. Olivares Vivos olive groves produce Extra Virgin Olive Oil, but they also protect the soil, air, and water, and mitigate climate change while farmers use less fertilisers and pesticides.

 

LA FAUNA AND FLORA OF OLIVE GROVES

For one year, the University of Jaen and the Spanish National Research Council conducted the largest study worldwide on the biodiversity of olive groves. They found 686 plant species (17% of the vascular flora of Andalusia and 8% of that of the Iberian Peninsula), 165 bird species (over 25% of the bird species of Spain), and 58 ant species (one fifth of the species of the Iberian Peninsula and the Balearic Islands).

A new species to science and a species rediscovered. The effort has been so considerable that, in the framework of this research, a new plant – Linaria gartobensis and an ant species previously thought to be extinct – Aphaenogaster gemella have been discovered in the olive groves of the study.

SOME OF THE SPECIES FOUND IN OLIVE GROVES