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Group of experts are working on designing a sustainable and low emission livestock strategy for Mesoamerica and the Caribbean

  • CATIE's Livestock and Environmental Management Group is leading the process, with the support of international cooperation

December 13, 2017. On December 11, in Costa Rica, specifically at CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center), a meeting began and it brought together more than 20 stakeholders involved in livestock and climate change from different countries of Mesoamerica and the Caribbean, to identify inputs that become the basis of a regional strategy to promote a resilient livestock and low carbon emissions in the region.

The technical meeting is organized within the framework of the activities led by CATIE, through the Livestock and Environmental Management Group (GAMMA), of the Agriculture, Livestock and Agroforestry Program; with the support of the Latin American Livestock Platform of Low Emissions (BID-Fontagro/New Zealand) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through the Regional Program on Climate Change.

"We thought about this meeting considering the potential that the countries have, their advances in the livestock sector in terms of mitigation and adaptation. The objective is to reflect on how and what could be the elements to build a Mesoamerican strategy for the intensification of livestock low in greenhouse gas emissions", said Claudia Sepulveda, coordinator of the GAMMA group of CATIE.

In this sense, during the meeting the desired aspects at the technological level for the productive sector and the technical bases for its implementation, the facilitating mechanisms at the national level and the normative frameworks and enabling conditions of the policies of each participating country were reviewed.

"The idea is to know the current state of the livestock sector in the countries and reflect on the necessary drivers to move from the current situation to a desired one; as well as defining the priority action lines of the sector at the level of each country, addressing what and how to do it, "explained Sepúlveda.

Jorge Faustino, coordinator of the Regional Climate Change Program team at CATIE, said that the meeting is a great opportunity to discuss among specialists and that he expects that the advances achieved and the experiences shared will be of great benefit for all and will contribute to the development of the regional strategy.

Participants from Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico, Belize, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala participate in the meeting, which runs until December 13; while some  participants from Honduras and Uruguay join the meeting virtually.


Participants during the first day of the technical meeting.



More information:

Claudia Sepúlveda
Person in charge
Livestock and Environmental Management Group
Agriculture, Livestock and Agroforestry Program
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Karla Salazar Leiva
Information Technology and Communication
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