April 10 2019. On April 4, in the city of Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, Mexico, the project Biodiversity and Sustainable Agrosilvopastoral Landscapes, known as BioPaSOS, in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), informed several deputies of the State Congress about the work being done on sustainability issues in livestock systems, agriculture, coffee and others, which contributes to the conservation of biodiversity, the maintenance and generation of ecosystem services and the improvement of livelihoods of producer families in Chiapas.
The participating deputies corresponded to the committees on Livestock Development, Fisheries and Aquaculture; Agriculture, Ecology and Climate Change; and Commercial Promotion and Promotion of Investment and Rural Development of the Congress; among them Patricia Ruiz, Silvia Torreblanca, Haydee Ocampo, Cinthya Vianney Reyes, Olvita Palomeque, Nolberto Farfán, Juan Salvador Camacho and José Octavio García.
On the subject of livestock, the work developed from a climate-smart point of view was presented, as well as the 2030 vision for the state of Chiapas, in which different actors participate, such as the state secretaries (SEMAHN and others) and non-governmental organizations (FONCET, CECROPIA, Pronatura Sur, ESI, A.C., among others).
"We told them that although there are very successful experiences where they have increased economic income and conserved natural resources, in livestock has not been able to identify or build the mechanism to detonate and replicate with other producers or sites these schemes of climate-smart livestock production," said Jiménez.
The deputies were interested in learning about the successful experiences of producers from their own voice and they wanted them to tell them how they have managed to transcend from a conventional livestock to a climate-smart livestock, or from a traditional cornfield (high demand for agricultural inputs) to a cornfield under the scheme of conservation agriculture.
They also stated that they wanted to know more in detail, through future meetings, the work of BioPaSOS project, which is implemented by CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), as well as TNC in collaboration with other local actors, and how it is contributing to increasing and sustaining the economic incomes of Chiapas families, but they are also conserving forest areas, generating ecosystem services and fixing and storing carbon.
José Antonio Jiménez
Biodiversity and Sustainable Agro Silvopastoral Landscapes