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Actors from the Chiapas cattle ranch participated in the political advocacy workshop of BioPaSOS project.
- The workshop made it possible to define the aspects on which it is wanted to influence politically to promote agro-silvopastoral practices.
March 15 2019. Within the framework of the project Biodiversity and Livestock Sustainable Agro-silvopastoral Landscapes, known as BioPaSOS, which is implemented by CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center), an advocacy workshop was held from March 12 to 13, in the city of Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, Mexico, this, with the objective of strengthening the network of existing alliances in the promotion of agro forestry systems and climate-smart livestock systems, jointly and participatively designing a road map that determines what we want to influence politically in the short and medium term.
The workshop, titled Joining Forces for Change, Policy for the Promotion of Climate-Smart Agroforestry Practices, was provided by Ileana Ávalos, consultant for the BioPaSOS project, with the participation of José Antonio Jiménez, local coordinator of BioPaSOS in Chiapas, and staff from academic institutions such as the Autonomous University of Chiapas (UNACH, its Spanish acronym), federal government institutions such as the Secretariat of Rural Development (SADER, its Spanish acronym), state government institutions such as the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (SAGyP, its Spanish acronym), the Secretariat of Environment and Natural History (SEMAHN, its Spanish acroym), non-governmental institutions and livestock producers of Jiquipilas, Cintalapa and Villaflores.
Ávalos commented that the workshop sought to strengthen the sustainability of the actions that are being generated in the framework of the project through the training of decision-makers and local actors.
Livestock producers commented that it was the first time they were taken into account for a workshop related to public policies for the development of livestock in the state of Chiapas. They also indicated that they are interested in continuing to develop good livestock practices and silvopastoral systems for the development of livestock with higher productivity, more intensified and less negative impacts on the environment.
Similarly, SADER staff in the state of Chiapas expressed an interest in providing from their institution the tools, conditions and necessary to promote the development of agro-silvopastoral practices.
Jiménez closed the workshop by thanking the participants and mentioning that the activity will result in a strategy to influence public policies that will allow the development of climate-smart livestock in Chiapas.
More information/written by:
José Antonio Jiménez
Local Coordinator, Chiapas