Conservation and Coffee Production: Creating Synergies in Kodagu, Karnataka

  • Rosa Abraham
  • Seema Purushothaman
  • Soubadra Devy


While ecotourism, as described in the previous chapter, has emerged as a commonly sought after intervention (with its limitations) to reconcile conservation and development in the forest peripheries, it is only one among an array of innovative reconciliatory tools available for such ecotone regions. In the context of the coffee-forest landscapes of Kodagu district, this chapter reveals how interventions encompassed under the umbrella of ‘compensation for ecosystem services’ remain unexplored due to lack of clarity about potential benefits and impacts. The district of Kodagu in the central peripheries of the Western Ghats is renowned as much for its biodiversity as it is for its coffee. In this chapter, the authors examine the interface between conservation and development from the perspective of small-scale coffee farmers. A primary survey combined with a cost-benefit analysis of best practices reveals a mismatch between the ecosystem services that farmers perceive to receive and what they actually receive, particularly in the case of pollination services. In this context, this chapter discusses potential incentivising mechanisms that can reconcile conservation and development in the Kodagu landscape.


Ecosystem Service Native Tree Coffee Berry Coffee Plantation Primary Survey 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rosa Abraham
    • 1
    • 3
  • Seema Purushothaman
    • 2
    • 3
  • Soubadra Devy
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute for Social and Economic ChangeBangaloreIndia
  2. 2.Azim Premji UniversityBangaloreIndia
  3. 3.Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the EnvironmentBangaloreIndia

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