Alvelal Territory

Country: Spain (Coordinates: 37.625109, -2.540588 )
Size: 1,000,000 Hectares
Ecoregion: Terrestrial - Mediterranean Forests, woodlands and scrubs
Status: Audited

AlVelAl is located in Southern Spain, roughly in between the cities of Granada and Murcia. The AlVelAl- territory covers parts of the autonomous communities of Andalusia and Murcia, which each have several provinces and comarcas -the local denomination for districts. The name AlVelAl relates to the first letters of the comarcas where the initiative started: Altiplano de Granada, Los Vélez and Alto ALmanzora. More recently the comarcas of Guadix and Noroeste de Murcia were added to the landscape.

Today, the AlVelAl territory covers more than 1,000,000 hectares of degraded steppe called the Altiplano Estepario. The Altiplano Estepario is surrounded by mountain ranges which form part of the natural parks of Sierra de Castril, Sierra Nevada and the Sierra María-Los Vélez. The towns of Guadix, Baza, Cullar, Huéscar, Caravaca and Vélez Rubio are the largest out of 76 municipalities with in total some 250,000 inhabitants. The highway A-92, running from Puerto Lumbreras to Granada and onwards runs through the middle of the territory.

1. NATURAL ZONES

Alvelal has drafted a Natural Zones Restoration Plan 2017-2022, focused on restoring key degraded natural areas in the territory, with the goal of creating biodiversity corridors between protected areas. The actions that Alvelal is implementing are:

  • Clear soil
  • Reapply organic matter resulting from clearing and compost
  • Establish check dams in natural canals
  • Establish small ponds
  • Place insect hotels
  • Installation of nests
  • Trees plantations

2. FARMS

All our activities are focused on regenerating the landscape by restoring the soil, water and promoting sustainable agricultural practices. By regenerating landscape, we enable biodiversity and environment protection. We promote the protection and expansion of the natural zones and wildlife protected areas. Our philosophy proposes a “mixed zone” between the natural zone and the economic zone that serves as a transition for animals, insects and all species to thrive:

  • Vegetation Islands
  • Windbreak hedges
  • Promotion and management of green cover
  • Integration of livestock in the farms to manage the cover
  • Crop diversification
  • Creating points for biodiversity: ponds and insect hotels