16.07.2019

Manuals for more biodiversity in spice cultivation

Biodiversity-friendly cultivation of spices in India; Photo: ©Charlotte Haeusler Vargas/GIZ

Biodiversity-friendly cultivation of spices in India; Photo: ©Charlotte Haeusler Vargas/GIZ

The Western Ghats, a mountain range in southwest India, is one of the world’s most important biodiversity hotspots. It is also one of the main growing areas for spices such as pepper, cardamom, nutmeg and cinnamon. Spices are an essential livelihood for millions of smallholders in India. However, changes in cultivation methods endanger the productive base, eventually leading to the destruction of biodiversity and the environment.

Pepper; Photo: ©Poonam Pande/GIZThis is where the IKI project, ‘Private Business Action for Biodiversity’ comes into its own – in cooperation with the Global Nature Fund, the project has developed guidelines for drawing up ‘Biodiversity Action Plans’, which enable producers to plan better and to implement measures to protect biodiversity in and around the production areas. This preserves ecosystem services that form an important basis for the production of spices such as fertile soils, clean water, pollination and climate regulation. The guidelines also serve as a basis for the integration of biodiversity-friendly measures for companies and standards.

“Companies can use these action plans to improve the sustainability of their supply chains and communicate their actions and results more clearly for the protection of people and biodiversity” says Rik Kutsch Lojenga, Director of the Union for Ethical Biotrade (UEBT) and an expert on the ethical sourcing of ingredients based on biodiversity.

Biodiversity Action Plan; Photo: ©Poonam Pande/GIZ

In addition to developing guidelines for the spice sector, the IKI project implemented by the Deutschen Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH also trains advisors of Indian companies and standard organisations on how to draw up biodiversity action plans and accompanies pilot applications on site. The project works closely with the Global Nature Fund, Rainforest Alliance, the Union for Ethical Biotrade (UEBT) and Indian partner organisations such as the All India Spices Exporters Forum, PDS Spices and the Spice Board of India.

Manuals with guidelines on how to prepare biodiversity action plans for the typical spices of the Western Ghats (pepper, cardamom, nutmeg and cinnamon) and chilli are now available for download in the IKI Infotheque (English language).


Publications

Manual on Biodiversity Action Plan for Pepper, Cinnamon, Cardamon and Nutmeg

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Manual on Biodiversity Action Plan for Chili Production

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