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Coffee and Forest Mapping + Monitoring

Identifying innovative ways to map and monitor the extent of coffee and forests — and how they are changing over time.

Coffee grows in and among tropical forests but this relationship is complex and is changing rapidly. To identify risks and opportunities and to target our investments, we need maps of coffee production areas and forest areas, and knowledge of shade systems.

Our Collective Goal

Our goal is to better understand the current area under coffee production and monitor how this is changing over time.

Partners in this Action Network are working together to develop a coffee and forest mapping and monitoring toolkit that enables us to:

  1. Identify where coffee poses the greatest risk of forest loss or opportunity for reforestation
  2. Understand coffee production systems, their prevalence and how they are shifting
  3. Monitor changes in coffee and forest cover in target landscapes

Why it Matters

Climate change could cut suitable area for coffee in half by 2050. Remaining suitable areas will be at higher altitudes — areas that often harbor the last remaining intact tropical forests. Coffee can help conserve these forests, or it can put pressure on them.

Monitoring coffee production in relation to forest cover is important to better understand its footprint and to identify areas where coffee has an opportunity to contribute to reforestation and where it poses greatest risk for deforestation.