Sustainable Tea COMPILED BY un eNVIRONMENT, jUNE 2017

Tea farming in Sri Lanka goes back a long time. Hapugastenne Plantation in Central Province was established in 1930.

High herbicide use leads to sterile soils and low tea production as can be seen on this tea farm in Sri Lanka.

Eroding soils and poor quality environment in a badly managed tea estate in Sri Lanka

An ongoing Global Environment Facility/UN Environment project is helping farmers to produce tea in a more environmentally-friendly way. Hapugastenne estate (shown here) has herbicide-free plots.

Picking tea is hard work.

Sri Lankan tea farmers, colleagues of Saman Udayakumara

All photos by Max Zieren/UN Environment

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