Perceiving the future of Kodagu landscape: Coffee, Shade trees and Bees

ETH Zurich workshop in Kodagu (Coorg) in collaboration with the College of Forestry, Ponnampet, University of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, Shimoga

Event Details


Ambatty Greens Resort
Coorg, Karnataka India


June 14, 2016 from 3:30 am to 12:00 pm

The objective of the workshop is to disseminate the results of two ETH Zurich research projects on ecosystem services and sustainable coffee production in South India to the stakeholders and engage them in a discussion on future scenarios of the coffee landscapes of Kodagu. This is a collaborative workshop between ETH Zurich and College of Forestry, Ponnampet, University of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, Shimoga.

swissnex India will be represented at the workshop by its CEO, Dr. Balz Strasser.


9:15 Welcoming and Registration
9:30 Opening ceremony and Introduction (Dr. C.G. Kushalappa, Professor, FCP, Ponnampet)
10:00 – 10:45 Presentation and discussion: Shade trees and their effect on coffee performance
(Maike Nesper, PhD Student, ETH Zurich)
10:45 – 11:30 Presentation and discussion: Bees, shade trees and coffee production
(Dr. Smitha Krishnan, Post-doctoral Researcher, ETH Zurich)
11:30-12:00 Coffee break
12:00 – 12:45 Presentation and discussion: Bees in a fragmented landscape
(Charlotte Pavageau, PhD Student, ETH Zurich)
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 -14:30 Participatory exercise: Trade-offs amongst ecosystem services in coffee agro-forests
14:30-15:15 Presentation and discussion: Sustainable Coffee – a certification example
(Dr. Arshiya Bose, Post-doctoral Researcher, ETH Zurich and Proprietor, Black Baza Coffee Company)
15:15 – 15:45 Coffee break
15:45 – 16:30 Participatory exercise Discussion and future scenarios
16:30 -17:30 Closing remarks (Dr. Balz Strasser, CEO swissnex India and Dr. Raghuramulu Yenugula. Director of Research Coffee Board)


Profile of ETH Zurich researchers


Charlotte Pavageau is a doctoral fellow in the Ecosystem Management group and the Forest Management and Development group at ETH Zurich. She is currently working on pollination service in coffee growing regions in South India. Her interests lie in combining modelling approach and visions of local actors to reflect on the consequences of local changes on the future resilience of natural landscapes.
Charlotte Pavageau
Doctoral Fellow / ETH Zurich
Dr. Smitha Krishnan is a post-doctoral researcher at the Ecosystem Management group, ETH Zurich. She is currently wrapping up her post-doctoral research on ‘Shade trees in coffee: Facilitate or compete with coffee for pollination services’ which is part of a larger project on ‘Managing Trade-offs in coffee agroforests- (MOCA)’. Her PhD research was conducted in the same region with Prof. Jaboury Ghazoul, ETH Zurich on ‘Pollination services and coffee production in a forested landscape mosaic’.
Dr. Smitha Krishnan
Post-doctoral researcher / ETH Zurich
Maike Nesper is a doctoral fellow in the Ecosystem Management group at ETH Zurich. She is currently working on the effects of shade tree and nutrient management intensification on coffee productivity, quality and pests in South India. She is mainly interested in understanding the trade-offs between intensification and ecosystem services in order to raise awareness among farmers and local stakeholders for biodiversity rich and sustainable producing coffee agro-forests.
Maike Nesper
Doctoral Fellow / ETH Zurich
Arshiya Bose is a post-doc researcher at Ecosystem Management Group of ETH Zurich. She has completed her PhD on market-based approaches to biodiversity conservation from the University of Cambridge. Soon after she founded Black Baza Coffee Co. which is a social and conservation enterprise that aims to support coffee growers in India to follow biodiversity-friendly farming practices.
Arshiya Bose
Pos Doctoral Researcher / ETH Zurich


Details of ETH Zurich Research Projects Kodagu, Karnataka

Managing Trade-Offs in Coffee Agroforests

Landscape transition in South India: impacts on pollination service and agricultural production at the landscape scale