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Protecting and enhancing biodiversity

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We can do a lot within our supply chain to help protect and encourage biodiversity. Protecting waterways, reducing chemical usage, and planting trees, hedgerows and cover crops are just the start.

Our efforts to enhance biodiversity are being integrated into our Net Zero Roadmap, our regenerative agriculture program, our Forest Positive strategy, and our approaches to sustainable sourcing and water stewardship.

Our actions to support healthier natural ecosystems

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Helping to protect and restore the environment

Our regenerative agriculture approach seeks to increase the organic matter in the soil. It encourages crop rotation and intercropping (growing different crops in close proximity), as well as agroforestry. 

Our Forest Positive strategy aims to help protect and restore forests and natural ecosystems. And because deforestation is closely linked to social and economic issues, we are working with governments and communities to help enhance smallholder livelihoods, to promote human rights and to invest in local economic development.

Agricultural biodiversity

We are helping to improve agrobiodiversity by managing crop diversity, promoting mixed farming (crops and livestock), enhancing species diversity and more.

Habitat building

We are encouraging farmers to add green buffers (such as hedges and wildflowers) to the edges of their fields. Along waterways, we are encouraging riparian buffers (like trees) to be planted.

Reducing chemical fertilizer

We are encouraging farmers to reduce the chemical fertilizers they use and to switch to organic fertilizers.

Cover crops

We are encouraging our dairy farmers to plant cover crops (such as grasses and legumes) to allow cows to graze widely and vary their diets. 

Using organic fertilization, biological pest control techniques

Learning from the birds 

The presence of birds is a good indicator that populations of other animals are likely to be doing well, that water is clean and that the soil and forest are healthy. By monitoring birds, we can tell if existing farm practices are performing well or if further investments are required in a given landscape.

Studies of bird populations conducted in 2019 and 2020 showed that in most cases AAA cluster farms performed almost as well as protected areas.

Read more about Nespresso biodiversity programs on the Positive Cup Hub.

Long tailed Manakin bird in tree
Long-tailed Manakin by Guillermo Saborio Vega / Macaulay Library.
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