Climate change

Sustainable forestry


How green is my valley

The Western Ghats, where the plantations of Tata Coffee are located, are known for their unique biodiversity.

Sustainable plantation management is the key to how the 19 plantations at Tata Coffee are run, by upholding environmental services, optimising natural resources, and contributing to watersheds of river Cauvery — the lifeline of South India.

At Tata Coffee, 180 hectares of land have been set aside as conservation area within the plantations to maintain ecological balance. In the past year itself, more than 2.20 lakh tree saplings were planted to enhance green cover.

The conservation efforts at Tata Coffee. The trees are numbered and their growth is tracked. Currently, the plantation has in excess of 1 million plants. This provides a valuable ecosystem for various forms of rare wildlife. A recent carbon footprint self-assessment showed that the forests of Tata Coffee could be an enormous carbon sink estimated at negative 1.71 lakh tonnes of CO2 equivalent per annum.

Eco-friendly operations and water reservoirs make the plantations a habitat for wildlife. The rare hornbill birds call Tata Coffee plantations "home," as do herds of wild elephants. The Hornbill Foundation at Valparai, sponsored by Tata Coffee, puts in place many efforts to protect this beautiful endangered bird.

A separate wildlife cell has been created with the objective of preserving and monitoring wildlife, while ensuring workers’ safety. It is not easy for workers and wild elephants to co-exist. Many measures have been put in place to ensure that there is no conflict. A study was conducted on elephant behaviour, while GPS mapping tracks their movement inside estates.

The colour of life at Tata Coffee’s plantations in the Western Ghats is 'green'