Maun, Botswana (October 13, 2017) – Ministers from 12 African countries announced today a new commitment to sustainability during a meeting marking the fifth anniversary of the Gaborone Declaration for…
Maun, Botswana (October 13, 2017) – Ministers from 12 African countries announced today a new commitment to sustainability during a meeting marking the fifth anniversary of the Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa (GDSA). The meeting also served to formally welcome Madagascar as a new signatory to the GDSA.

The GDSA is an African-led initiative that puts sustainability at the forefront of investment and economic development. Building on its progress over the last five years, a new Ministers’ Statement announced yesterday calls for a renewed commitment to incorporating the value of nature in economic and social development decisions. Highlights include:

• Madagascar officially joined the GDSA, bringing the total to 11 countries
• New governance framework, including a new Forum of Ministers that will further the work of the GDSA by ensuring close links among the GDSA countries in their move towards sustainability. Also, agreed to were joining guidelines, which now allow for a mechanism by which new countries can join the GDSA.
• Re-affirmation of the 11-country strong GDSA to the vision of an Africa where nature is managed sustainably to ensure human well-being, in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement

“As the five-year progress reports show, we are collectively on the right track, but we need to scale up our efforts,” said Lt-Gen Dr. Seretse Khama Ian Khama President of the Republic of Botswana and and Chairman of the GDSA, at the opening of the two-day ministerial meeting. Urging the attendees to be ambassadors of the GDSA, the President described his hope that the GDSA would expand to more nations and non-State partners in the next five years. “The vision of the GDSA is to ensure that the nature on which we depend for our wellbeing is valued, respected, and managed, not just for our generation but for future generations as well.”

“In supporting the continued success of the GDSA, the Government of Botswana will review its conservation funding componenets towards availing further funding for GDSA activities,” said Hon. Tshekedi Khama, Minister of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism, Government of Botswana at the opening plenary. He further noted that, in the future, the GDSA, “will tighten the bonds between member countries as we work together, for our common purpose and vision.”

The opening plenary was addressed by Mr. Erik Solheim, Executive Director of UN Environment. Mr. Solheim discussed future areas of cooperation between UN Environment, Government of Botswana, and the GDSA and encouraged Africa to look at ways in which tourism and renewable energy could be used in the continent’s development.

Michael O’Brien-Onyeka, Senior Vice President, Africa Field Division at Conservation International said,”Conservation International is grateful for the opportunity to work with the Government of Botswana and the GDSA member countries in organizing the Secretariat and in helping the countries progress towards the visionary goals of the GDSA.”

Ruud Jansen, Executive Secretary of the GDSA said,”The GDSA is as valid today as it was in 2012. The Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement have given the Declaration added value and urgency. We look forward to welcoming the member countries to Botswana to deliberate on how to take this action platform into the future.”

About the Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa (GDSA)
Initiated as a regional action platform in May 2012 by 10 African countries (Botswana, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Namibia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, and South Africa), the GDSA approaches sustainability through incorporating the value of natural capital in public and private policy decision-making, generating data, sharing best practices, and building capacity to support policy networks as well as pursuing inclusive sustainable production in such areas as agriculture, fisheries, and extractive industries.

Botswana is the designated Secretariat for the GDSA, with the President of Botswana – Lieutenant General Dr. Seretse Khama Ian Khama as Chair. In December 2014, the Government of Botswana delegated the functions of the Secretariat to Conservation International (CI) until December 2018.

A number of regional and global platforms have endorsed the GDSA. These includes the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN), the United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA), and  the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. 

For an interview, media should contact Kennedy Arthur Wekesa (Regional Communications Manager), CI Africa Field Division, kwekesa@conservation.org​, +254704382089​​​.

About Conservation International
Conservation International (CI) uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, CI works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about CI and its groundbreaking “Nature Is Speaking” campaign, and follow CI’s work on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

​Arlington, Va. (October 9, 2017) – Conservation International CEO Dr. M. Sanjayan made the following statement today on the Trump Administration's proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan:Today's announcement by…
​Arlington, Va. (October 9, 2017) – Conservation International CEO Dr. M. Sanjayan made the following statement today on the Trump Administration’s proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan:

Today’s announcement by the Trump Administration puts the United States government further out of step with the growing and irreversible global momentum to address climate change.
American ingenuity and industry are continuing to lead efforts to take the U.S. into a prosperous, clean-energy future. Already entrepreneurs, communities, cities, states and businesses are making historic commitments to climate action. The one missing part is ending the destruction of forests, which results in as much carbon pollution as all cars and trucks on Earth and yet is generally overlooked as a solution. Investing in the carbon stored and captured in forests and scaling up clean technologies is far better for our future than investing in dirty emissions from a last-century fuel.
Together, we can meet America’s commitments to the Paris Agreement with or without the Trump Administration, but only if we stop the destruction of our natural world.
About Conservation International
Conservation International (CI) uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, CI works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about CI and its groundbreaking “Nature Is Speaking” campaign, and follow CI’s work on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

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​Arlington, Va. (October 6, 2017) – Today Conservation International (CI) announced its commitments to improve the health of the world's oceans at the fourth annual Our Ocean Conference in Valletta,…
​Arlington, Va. (October 6, 2017) – Today Conservation International (CI) announced its commitments to improve the health of the world’s oceans at the fourth annual Our Ocean Conference in Valletta, Malta. Hosted by the European Union, the global conference brings together over 700 world leaders, civil society groups and the private sector.

“Oceans sustain all life on this planet. Habitat destruction, overfishing, pollution and climate change are all impacting the food, livelihoods and climate protections we normally get from a healthy ocean,” said Aulani Wilhelm, Senior Vice President, Center for Oceans at CI. “There is a gathering momentum here to mitigate these impacts for the future of our oceans, and that takes courageous action and partnerships invested in bold actions and long-term solutions.”

CI is committing to five new initiatives featuring financing solutions, corporate engagements and new technologies:

  • The Blue Accelerator Fund will support the development of social enterprises, particularly in fisheries, aquaculture (fish farming) and marine tourism, by providing critical bridge financing and linking enterprises with investors, technical expertise and markets for sustainable products and services.
  • The Global Mangrove Alliance (in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund, The Nature Conservancy, International Union for Conservation of Nature and Wetlands International) aims to increase mangrove habitat globally by 20 percent.
  • CI and the Natural Capital Coalition are teaming up to produce a Natural Capital Protocol for Oceans, to help businesses understand whether and how their commercial success is dependent upon healthy ocean resources, and to recommend ways to respond to the risks and opportunities identified.
  • A Green-Gray partnership with Bechtel Corporation will combine ‘green’ natural infrastructure (e.g. mangroves) with ‘grey’ infrastructure (e.g. seawalls) to protect vulnerable coastlines from extreme weather and erosion.
  • CI has partnered with the Costa Rican government and Satellite Applications Catapult / OceanMind to monitor and combat illegal fishing across Costa Rica’s waters using cutting-edge satellite technology.

CI has expertise in integrated management of the ocean from creating and fulfilling the potential of large marine protected areas, improving the health and sustainability of fish stocks and developing data-driven decision tools like the Ocean Health Index among others.

Since its inception in 2014 as an initiative started by former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, the Our Ocean Conference has gathered international leaders, civil society groups and private sector companies and organizations with a collective aim of saving the world’s seas.

About Conservation International
Conservation International (CI) uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, CI works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about CI and its groundbreaking “Nature Is Speaking” campaign, and follow CI’s work on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

​GABORONE, BOTSWANA: Ministers from 12 countries who are signatories to the Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa (GDSA) will convene in Maun, Botswana from October 11th to the 13th to…
​GABORONE, BOTSWANA: Ministers from 12 countries who are signatories to the Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa (GDSA) will convene in Maun, Botswana from October 11th to the 13th to attend the Fifth Anniversary Celebration and the Forum of Minister’s Conference on the Gaborone Declation for Sustainability in Africa at Cresta Maun. The Ministers Forum will be opened officially by His Excellency the President of the Rebublic of Botswana Lieutenant General Dr. Seretse Khama Ian Khama who is expected to address GDSA Member States and encourage their renewed commitment to incorporate value of nature in economic and social development decisions.

The Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa culminated from the 2012 Summit for Sustainability in Africa, held in Gaborone. At this summit 10 countries reaffirmed their commitment to implement all conventions and declarations that promote Sustainable Development. Those 10 signatories are: Botswana, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa and Tanzania.

The GDSA Ministers Forum – a transformative platform for achieving sustainable development – will be meeting to draw up a new five-year strategy to reinforce sustainability and natural capital as the centre piece of economic planning and development across member states. The ministers will also review the progress made since the Gaborone Declaration was signed and also assess governance protocols and guidelines for new members to join the GDSA. Additionally, the meeting will serve to formally welcome Madagascar and Uganda as two new signatories to the GDSA.

The gathering also marks 5 years after the establishment of the GDSA, and is inspired by the recognition of the opportunities, risks and rewards that come with increased investment and commitment to sustainable management of Africa’s rich natural capital.

Ruud Jansen, Executive Secretary of the GDSA said, “The GDSA is as valid today as it was in 2012. The Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement have given the Declaration added value and urgency. We look forward to welcoming the member countries to Botswana to deliberate on how to take this action platform into the future.”

Michael O’Brien-Onyeka, Senior Vice President, Africa Field Division at Conservation International said “Conservation International is grateful for the opportunity to work with the Government of Botswana and the GDSA member countries in organizing the Secretariat and in helping the countries progress towards the visionary goals of the GDSA, especially in such areas as ecosystem mapping, payment for ecosystem services, REDD+ activities and conservation agreements.”

Note to Editors:

About the Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa (GDSA): Initiated as a regional action platform in May 2012 by 10 African countries (Botswana, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Namibia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, and South Africa), the GDSA approaches sustainability through incorporating the value of natural capital in public and private policy decision-making, generating data, sharing best practices, and building capacity to support policy networks as well as pursuing inclusive sustainable production in such areas as agriculture, fisheries, and extractive industries.

Botswana is the designated Secretariat for the GDSA, with the President of Botswana – Lieutenant General Dr. Seretse Khama Ian Khama as Chair. In December 2014, the Government of Botswana delegated the functions of the Secretariat to Conservation International (CI) until December 2018.

A number of regional and global platforms have endorsed the GDSA. These includes the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN), the United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA), and the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
                                         
Important Links and Contacts:

  • GDSA Website: http://www.gaboronedeclaration.com
  • Facebook: www.facebook.com/GaboroneDeclaration
  • Twitter:  @ConservationOrg, @africa_ci, @BWGovernment
  • Join the conversation: #SustainAfrica #GaboroneDeclaration
  • Photos: available upon request
  • About the Government of the Republic of Botswana: www.gov.bw
  • About Conservation International (CI): www.conservation.org
  • Press inquiries, please contact:
    • For the Government of Botswana: MENT_PR@GOV.BW
    • For the GDSA Secretariat: Ruud Jansen (GDSA Executive Secretary), rjansen@conservation.org, +267 71 632 563
    • For Conservation International: Jenny Parker McCloskey (VP Media), jparker@conservation.org, +1-917-763-3263
  • Journalists Requesting Credentials:
    • All press must be approved by the Government of Botswana to attend the meeting. To apply for press access, please contact MENT-PR@gov.bw

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​Sustainable Coffee Challenge: Walmart Serves as the Coffee Consumer's First Major North American Retail Advocate for Scale and SourcingArlington, Va. (September 29, 2017) – The Sustainable Coffee Challenge (SCC) today…
​Sustainable Coffee Challenge: Walmart Serves as the Coffee Consumer’s First Major North American Retail Advocate for Scale and Sourcing

Arlington, Va. (September 29, 2017) – The Sustainable Coffee Challenge (SCC) today welcomed Walmart as the first major North American retailer to partner on making coffee the world’s first sustainably grown commodity. Walmart joins 83 other SCC partners, including corporations, governments, NGOs and research organizations.

The SCC aligns with Walmart’s existing sustainability commitments, which include a commitment to sustainability through cutting waste, using renewable energy and selling products that sustain resources and the environment. Most recently, in 2016, the retailer’s Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon committed to sustainably source 20 key commodities in its stores by 2025.

“The significant consumer base and respected brand that Walmart brings will help us reaffirm the importance of coffee sustainability with each purchase,” said Bambi Semroc, Senior Strategic Advisor at Conservation International.

“Walmart is committed to working with suppliers to increase the sustainability performance of our private brand coffee products and working towards the SCC goal of making coffee a more sustainably grown commodity,” said Brittni Furrow, Senior Director for Sustainability at Walmart.          

To join as a partner in the Sustainable Coffee Challenge, contact Valerie Beard at vbeard@conservation.org.

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, over 260 million customers and members visit our more than 11,600 stores under 59 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2017 revenue of $485.9 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com/, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.

About the Sustainable Coffee Challenge
The Sustainable Coffee Challenge convenes, unites and urges the coffee sector and conservation partners across the industry to spur the actions and investments necessary to make coffee the first sustainable agriculture product in the world. The Challenge is committed to stimulating demand for sustainable coffee across the value chain, from the policymaking level to the final consumer. By encouraging demand for sustainable coffee, it leads to investments that enable the transition to a sustainable production and ensuring the coffee we drink is a sustainable product.

About Conservation International
Conservation International (CI) uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, CI works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about CI and its groundbreaking “Nature Is Speaking” campaign, and follow CI’s work on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

According to a report by The Washington Post, the Trump Administration has recommended removing protections from 10 national monuments under review, including the Pacific Remote Islands and Rose Atoll Marine National Monuments. This…
According to a report by The Washington Post, the Trump Administration has recommended removing protections from 10 national monuments under review, including the Pacific Remote Islands and Rose Atoll Marine National Monuments. This recommendation runs counter to the views of millions of Americans and the overwhelming global consensus on ocean conservation.

The world understands that we need more protection of our oceans, not less. Just in the last two months, we have seen major, new commitments from Canada, Colombia, Chile and the Cook Islands where they are expanding marine protections in their waters. These nations understand that healthy oceans are critical for productive fisheries and economic growth. The Administration’s proposed rollbacks are out of step with that reality.

The President ought to reject this recommendation and instead double down on America’s commitment to ocean conservation.

Our work is not done. I urge our entire community to continue to speak out in support of these critical areas and to act to protect our oceans and marine resources.

​Arlington, Va. (September 27, 2017) – The Sustainable Coffee Challenge today welcomed Nestlé Nespresso SA (Nespresso) among its 83 partners who are seeking to make coffee the world's first sustainably…
​Arlington, Va. (September 27, 2017) – The Sustainable Coffee Challenge today welcomed Nestlé Nespresso SA (Nespresso) among its 83 partners who are seeking to make coffee the world’s first sustainably grown commodity.

Last week, Nespresso launched a new campaign that puts sustainability efforts in the spotlight; building consumer awareness of the brand’s support of coffee farmers across the globe. The initiative is part of Nespresso’s longstanding commitment to sustainability and social responsibility.  

“As the Sustainable Coffee Challenge grows, we need innovators and leaders from the coffee industry to step up and help consumers and producers understand what’s at stake for the future of coffee,” said Bambi Semroc, Senior Strategic Advisor at Conservation International. “Adding Nespresso’s vast experience and leadership in​to the Challenge will greatly bolster our efforts to make coffee the world’s first sustainable agricultural product.” 

“For 30 years, Nespresso has been continuously innovating to deliver the highest quality coffee experiences to consumers worldwide and continuously learning how to integrate sustainability into its activities,” said Jérôme Pérez, Global Head of Sustainability, Nespresso. “The Challenge is a great opportunity to collaborate with other stakeholders of the same landscapes, and identify the most innovative solutions and actions to reinforce the resilience of coffee communities.”
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The Sustainable Coffee Challenge, conceived by Conservation International and Starbucks and launched during the Paris climate meetings in 2015, is uniting players from across the coffee industry – growers, traders, roasters, retailers, governments and NGOs. It aims to stimulate greater demand for sustainable coffee while partnering to find solutions.

To join as a partner in the Sustainable Coffee Challenge, contact the team at scc@conservation.org.

About Nestlé Nespresso SA
Nestlé Nespresso SA is the pioneer and reference for highest-quality portioned coffee. The company works with more than 70,000 farmers in 12 countries through its AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program, Nespresso quality coffee sourcing program, launched in 2003 in collaboration with The Rainforest Alliance. Sustainable farm management for improved yield and quality is still at its heart but today the program also focuses on community stability and landscape resilience with the deployment of actions like agroforestry, farmer savings scheme, crop insurance.

Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, Nespresso operates in over 60 countries and has more than 13,000 employees. In 2016, it operated a global retail network of more than 600 boutiques. For more information, visit the Nespresso corporate website: www.nestle-nespresso.com.

About the Sustainable Coffee Challenge
The Sustainable Coffee Challenge convenes, unites and urges the coffee sector and conservation partners across the industry to spur the actions and investments necessary to make coffee the first sustainable agriculture product in the world. The Challenge is committed to stimulating demand for sustainable coffee across the value chain, from the policymaking level to the final consumer. By encouraging demand for sustainable coffee, it leads to investments that enable the transition to a sustainable production and ensuring the coffee we drink is a sustainable product.

About Conservation International
Conservation International (CI) uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, CI works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about CI and its groundbreaking “Nature Is Speaking” campaign, and follow CI’s work on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

 

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​Salma Hayek, Carlos Vives, Penelope Cruz, Ruben Blades, Juan Fernando Velasco, Eugenio Derbez, Juanes and Fonseca Lend Their Voices to Expand Awareness of Threats to Nature Bogotá, Colombia (September 20,…
​Salma Hayek, Carlos Vives, Penelope Cruz, Ruben Blades, Juan Fernando Velasco, Eugenio Derbez, Juanes and Fonseca Lend Their Voices to Expand Awareness of Threats to Nature

Bogotá, Colombia (September 20, 2017) – Conservation International (CI) is releasing “La Naturaleza Nos Habla.” Voiced by world renowned celebrities, the films aim to engage regional policymakers, business leaders and other influencers with the message that people need nature in order to survive.

The series of short films are voiced by some of the biggest names in Latin America and Spain including Salma Hayek, Carlos Vives, Penelope Cruz, Ruben Blades, Juan Fernando Velasco,  Eugenio Derbez, Juanes and Fonseca. Through the films, Nature reveals serious misgivings about the way humans are treating the Earth from the viewpoint of a cast of characters — including Water, the Sky, the Rainforest and more.

“When I thrive, you thrive,” says Salma Hayek, who voices Mother Nature. “When I falter, you falter. Or worse.”

“Without me, you’d be swept away by a dry, barren death,” warns Carlos Vives as Paramos. “However, me without you…I would simply flourish.”

“La Naturaleza Nos Habla” will first debut in Bogotá before running throughout Latin America as new films show every two weeks, starting September 21st through November. Venues include film festivals, cinemas, airlines and hotels. The campaign will be promoted throughout the region, most specifically targeted for CI audiences in Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama and Peru. All of the films will be available for viewing at lanaturalezanoshabla.org.

The campaign also takes aim at the current dialogue around environmental issues. “We, in the environmental movement, have often presented nature as something separate from people,” said Dr. M. Sanjayan, CEO of Conservation International. “By making it clear that people need nature to survive, we are turning the conversation around and making the movement relevant to entirely new audiences.”

The “La Naturaleza Nos Habla” written and produced by Media Arts Lab and Mestiza Films. Other major partners for the film include The Dalio Foundation, Caracol and FondoAcción.

Since 2014, the Nature is Speaking campaign has garnered nearly 3 billion impressions and over 65 million video views. It has achieved eight individual country launches and had exposure in over 45 countries.

About Conservation International
Conservation International (CI) uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, CI works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about CI and its groundbreaking “Nature Is Speaking” campaign, and follow CI’s work on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.​

According to a report by The Washington Post, the Trump Administration has recommended removing protections from 10 national monuments under review, including the Pacific Remote Islands and Rose Atoll Marine…

According to a report by The Washington Post, the Trump Administration has recommended removing protections from 10 national monuments under review, including the Pacific Remote Islands and Rose Atoll Marine National Monuments. This recommendation run…

Sustainable-Coffee-Challenge-Welcomes-Four-More-Partners

​Pur Projet, Boncafé, Center for Coffee Research & Education and The Coffee Source Join Industry-wide Effort to Make Coffee the First Sustainably Grown Commodity in the WorldArlington, Va. (September XX,…
​Pur Projet, Boncafé, Center for Coffee Research & Education and The Coffee Source Join Industry-wide Effort to Make Coffee the First Sustainably Grown Commodity in the World

Arlington, Va. (September XX, 2017) – The Sustainable Coffee Challenge today announced that four new partners – PUR Projet, Boncafé, Center for Coffee Research & Education and The Coffee Source – have joined its mission to make coffee the world’s first sustainably grown commodity despite climate variability, aging farmers and trees and volatile markets. The Sustainable Coffee Challenge has 77 partners, including corporations, governments, NGOs and research organizations.

“Having these dynamic organizations on board presents an even greater opportunity to tap our collective ingenuity and resources to continue meeting the world’s increasing demand for coffee,” said Bambi Semroc, Senior Strategic Advisor at Conservation International. “Together we must increase coffee production on existing farms while conserving forests and water resources and ensuring farmers have the necessary resources.”

“With PUR Projet, we are specialized in developing agroforestry projects within supply chains landscapes of which coffee resides,” said Tristan Lecomte, Co-founder and President, PUR Projet. “We are very inspired by the ambitions of the Sustainable Coffee Challenge and thrilled to be sharing our knowledge, methodologies and projects to help bring about a more sustainable future.”  

“After water, coffee is the most consumed drink worldwide. With climate change affecting growing conditions, market volatility endangering the prosperity and wellbeing of this commodity business, Boncafé endeavors to be part of this meaningful move to make coffee the first sustainable agricultural product by pledging ourselves with Conservation International’s Sustainable Coffee Challenge,” said Tammy Chua, Marketing Manager, Boncafé.

“Research has demonstrated that the future of Arabica coffee is threatened. Low genetic variability, climate change, pressure from pests and diseases, and lack of access to resources and education for small scale producers are massive threats that cannot be eliminated by a single country, farm, or company,” said Dr. Leonardo Lombardini, Director, Center for Coffee Research and Education. “We are all in this together, to each do our part to save the future of coffee.” 

“The Coffee Source was born from coffee growers and shaped by a longstanding commitment to a sustainable supply chain,” said Arnoldo Leiva, Chief Executive Officer, The Coffee Source. “That is why we are excited to join the Sustainable Coffee Challenge, and work together with roasters and producers to develop diverse and meaningful initiatives that have a positive impact on productivity, quality and sustainability of the coffee business and its people.”

The Sustainable Coffee Challenge announced recently four actions its partners will take collectively to achieve sustainability in coffee growth: coffee farm renovation and rehabilitation, improved labor
practices and labor supply, scaling up sustainable coffee sourcing and mapping and monitoring of coffee and forests

To join as a partner, contact Valerie Beard, Coordinator, Sustainable Coffee Challenge at vbeard@conservation.org.

About the Sustainable Coffee Challenge
The Sustainable Coffee Challenge convenes, unites and urges the coffee sector and conservation partners across the industry to spur the actions and investments necessary to make coffee the first sustainable agriculture product in the world. The Challenge is committed to stimulating demand for sustainable coffee across the value chain, from the policymaking level to the final consumer. By encouraging demand for sustainable coffee, it leads to investments that enable the transition to a sustainable production and ensuring the coffee we drink is a sustainable product.

About Conservation International

Conservation International (CI) uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, CI works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about CI and its groundbreaking “Nature Is Speaking” campaign, and follow CI’s work on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

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