New project will promote good agrosilvopastoral practices to improve livestock in Mexico
- An alliance between CATIE, IICA, SAGARPA and CONABIO will strengthen the capacities, productivity and sustainable use of biodiversity in the livestock sector
Guadalajara, November 24. A new initiative seeks to support the conservation of biodiversity and the ecosystems that makes Mexico the most diverse country on the continent. This is the project Biodiversity and Sustainable and Agrosilvopastoral Livestock Landscapes, known in Spanish as BioPaSOS, which will be implemented in the states of Chiapas, Campeche and Jalisco.
BioPaSOS is implemented by CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) located in Costa Rica, together with the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) in coordination with the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food Security (SAGARPA) and the National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO). It is financed by the German Ministry of Environment (BMU) and the International Climate Initiative (IKI).
This project was born with the objective of strengthening the capacities of producers and other actors of the livestock sector to develop good agrosilvopastoral practices, reduce the impact on biodiversity and the effects of climate change, promote the participation of the sector in value chains and support the informed decision making.
Claudia Sepúlveda, general coordinator of BioPaSOS, explained that the project also seeks to generate inputs that strengthen the institutional framework and public policies to promote agrosilvopastoral systems and other management practices that reconcile the productive and conservation activity in the proposed livestock landscapes and this way, improve the families’ income.
Sepúlveda explained that silvopastoral systems are alternative models that increase production by making sustainable use of resources. This is achieved by making a combination of trees, pastures and animals and using inputs according to the characteristics, possibilities and needs of each area under a comprehensive management system.
On November 24, the official presentation of the project to the government in the State of Jalisco was made to the Ministry of Environment and Territorial Development (SEMADET), the Ministry of Rural Development (SEDER), the National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR); as well as other local partners such as the academy, research networks, territorial platforms, livestock guild associations, civil associations, NGOs, etc.
In the framework of the presentation of the project, the conference entitled "Challenges and opportunities of climate-smart livestock in Mesoamerica" was held by Muhammad Ibrahim, Director General of CATIE. In addition, CATIE signed a cooperation agreement with the Ministry of Environment and Territorial Development (SEMADET).
The project will work for four years (2017-2020) with 1200 small and medium livestock producers. In Jalisco, the goal is to support 400 producers who belong to six municipalities in the area of influence of the Inter-Municipal Environmental Board of the South Coast (JICOSUR) and 10 municipalities linked to the Inter-Municipal Environment Board for the Integral Management of the Basin Baja del Río Ayuquila.
The BioPaSOS project will strengthen the capacities of producers and other actors in
Héctor Fabio Messa Arboleda
Local coordinator of BioPaSOS
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