As a result of the coordination of conservation efforts in the Guánica Bay/Río Loco watershed project the need for more sustainable agricultural practices was identified particularly for the coffee farming sector.
The initiative was originated in March 2011 when a group of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) created a roundtable to provide a space for dialogue between coffee farmers, NGOs, government agencies and community leaders.
The objectives of this roundtable are: to develop the criteria for shade coffee certification for Puerto Rico; Identify incentives for motivating coffee producers to continue to use older agricultural practices that are sustainable and environmentally friendly; Helping create economic niches for the coffee produced in the shade that can be marketed separately and that results in greater remuneration for producers.
Protectores de Cuencas, Inc.
Ridge to Reefs, Inc.
Centro para la Preservación del Paisaje Natural
Puerto Rico Department of Agriculture
Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources
University of Puerto Rico – Agricultural Extension Service
University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus
University of Puerto Rico, Utuado Campus
Representation of various Municipalities in the Coffee Farming Zone of Puerto Rico
Natural Resources Conservation Service
US Fish and Wildlife Service
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
US Forest Service