The Copain project promotes sustainable agriculture on the island of Porquerolles
To practice sustainable agriculture in the heart of the National Park, in Porquerolles, by promoting social integration to maintain the agricultural vocation of the island and to preserve the fig, olive and mulberry tree collections.
Porquerolles island, (France)
Association de Sauvegarde de Foret Varoise (Operator): Copains Project (Collections Patrimoine Insertion); Port Cros National Park (Manager), Conservatoire Botanique national Méditerranéen de Porquerolles (Owner of the varieties), Conservatoire Méditerranéen Partagé (Owner of the land).
- By renewing and preserving the orchards
- Implementation of agroforestry and reuse of wastewater
- Products are marketed on the island, through direct sales, to retailers, and at local markets.
- Preservation of the orchards
- To practice a sustainable agriculture
- Transform the products to avoid the loss
Technical training of 2 teams of 6 to 8 employees in integration with a return to an employment rate of 48%
The use of water is rationed, biodiversity is preserved, the cultivated varieties are conserved, and all the plots are in conversion to organic farming.
The products are sold in a short circuit, with fresh products from the market gardening as well as a part of the fruits. Surplus fruit and processed market garden products are also offered for sale.