The Lavaux vineyard, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most outstanding landscapes in Switzerland. The small parcels of vines separated by steep walls go down to Lake Geneva in a region under heavy pressure from the population: real estate boom, tourism, relaxation and leisure. Due to its structures and geographical location, Lavaux has interesting potential for biodiversity and is home to typical and rare species such as the fasciated hoopoe and many reptiles. To date, there is no project to network areas promoting biodiversity. It is one of the last regions of the Canton of Vaud that does not have such an ecological network.
The objective of the project is to develop biodiversity promotion measures over an area of about 20 ha, which represents on average 5 to 6 vineyards in Lavaux and to measure the impact of these measures on the health of the vine and the quality of the wine. The results should be used in the medium term to create favourable conditions for the establishment of an ecological network.