Lava Java: A Conservation Story

The Galápagos islands are believed to be home to between 552 and 614 native species of plants, which are now threatened by the growth of approximately 825 introduced species-the majority introduced by humans. More than 100 of these introduced species have become widely established, degrading native habitats, and are considered invasive species.

Since 2003, Lava Java has brought together coffee farming and organic methods of land use in order to fight the spread of invasive species. By using coffee to support their work, Lava Java represents an inspiration and model to other farmers to become land stewards, bringing abandoned land back to productivity and ecological integrity. Meet Maria Elena Guerra and Scott Henderson-two long-time Galápagos conservation workers turned coffee farmer.