The European Commission's World You Like Challenge competition for the best solutions to climate change selected the Portuguese project Sown Biodiverse Pastures as the winner. The project not only increases the productivity of pastures but also helps to reduce CO2 emissions, soil erosion and wildfire risk.
The Sown Biodiverse Pastures project involves more than 1,000 Portuguese farmers. Each farmer uses a specific mixture of up to 20 different seeds adapted to the local soil and climate conditions. So far, 50,000 hectares of these pastures have been were sown this way, mainly in southern and central areas of Portugal that are under a high risk of desertification risk. Such pastures have already helped to store over one million tonnes of CO2 in the ground. Sown Biodiverse Pastures are also more fertile and resistant to soil erosion than natural pastures.