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Certificate course: Wildlife Conservation and Coffee Agroforestry-- Thurs nights, Oct 9 - Nov 6

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Five-week certificate course offered - “Agriculture and Wildlife Conservation: Coffee Agroforestry” through the Earth Institute Certification Program in Conservation and Environmental Sustainability (EICES).

The course will be held at Columbia University from 6:10- 8:10 pm Thursday evenings, October 9 to November 6, 2014. There are also distance learning options available.

Course overview:


Habitat destruction threatens wildlife existence worldwide. While preserving tropical forests is a necessity for biological conservation, this must be coupled with other conservation strategies to provide a sustainable solution for wildlife conservation. Coffee agroforestry, the intentional management of shade trees within coffee farms, has shown promise as a conversation strategy to support wildlife diversity. This course explores the relationship of coffee agroforestry and wildlife conservation. We will examine coffee farms as habitat through case studies, learn about socio-economics and environmental issues associated with coffee, and assess coffee certifications such as shade grown, organic, Rainforest Alliance, and Smithsonian Bird Friendly.

For more information – please contact Desmond Beirne, Manager of Education Programs. djb2104@columbia.edu Phone:  212-854-0149

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