Brazil's Cerrado coffee growers and producers, researchers and environmentalists have publicly pledged to work together to deliver positive conservation and socio‐economic impacts at a landscape level.
The city of Patrocínio, in Minas Gerais State, hosted an event to officially launch the Cerrado das Águas (Waters of the Cerrado) Consortium in December 2015. The event kicked-off with panel discussions on key issues, such as agricultural productivity and biodiversity conservation, building sustainable productive landscapes, and an overview of the Consortium’s progress and objectives moving forward.
Participants reflected on the interdependent relationship between the environment and agriculture in the region, and reinforced the importance of engaging private sector, local governments, NGOs, local farmers and communities to ensure the productivity, conservation and maintenance of water and other natural resources.
Following the launch, the Consortium's founding members -- IUCN, Nespresso, the Institute of Agricultural and Forest Management and Certification (IMAFLORA), the Institute of Ecological Research (IPÊ), the Federation of coffee producers of the Cerrado Mineiro and Brazil's largest coffee cooperative COOXUPÉ -- met to define an action plan and financing strategy for the next two years. Other institutions, who have expressed interest in joining the Consortium, also attended the meeting, including the standards organisation UTZ Certified, the State Forest Institute (IEF), and the National Center of Flora Conservation from the Botanic Garden of Rio de Janeiro (CNCFlora/JBRJ).
The launch of this Consortium is one of several outcomes from a project that started in 2013, when IUCN, Nespresso and IUCN's NGO Member IPÊ, started working together to identify the environmental impacts of the company's coffee supply chain and its dependencies on ecosystem services in the Cerrado biome.
To read the full report on the launch of the Consoritum and its next steps, click here.