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Implementing sustainable land use systems to contribute to forest conservation, climate protection (REDD+) and the peace-building process in Colombia

As of: October 2021

Forests are important for biodiversity and they also have a major role to play as carbon reservoirs. However, ecosystems are often threatened by the expansion of land use. The project therefore promotes sustainable land use systems, with the focus on the agricultural sector (e.g. cattle farming). It is oriented on farmers in areas which have been identified as priority areas for carbon storage and landscape restoration and which are also affected or threatened by armed conflicts. The project contributes to reducing CO2, preserving forests, restoring degraded landscapes and improving the quality of life. In this way, it advances the implementation of the national REDD+ strategy and the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), while at the same time strengthening peacekeeping activities. The systems are tailored to local conditions. The next step will be to develop strategies for scaling, which will promote the most promising approaches.

State of implementation/results

  • The project focuses on the departments of Caquetá and Cesar as the two regional nodes for piloting Sustainable Land Use Systems (SLUS).
  • The work of CIAT (International Center for Tropical Agriculture), which is leading the secretariat of the Multistakeholder Platform on the Zero Deforestation Value Chain Agreement for the dairy and beef sectors, has now led to Alpina, one of the largest dairy companies in the country, and Asoleche (the national dairy processing industry association) signing the agreement, and another 4 local companies in Caqueta also committing.
  • CIPAV participated in the meeting to establish the Caribbean/Dry Zone Regional Roundtable on Sustainable Cattle Farming, joining organisations in Cesar already involved in the SLUS project.
  • At a conference on 19 September 2020, CIPAV presented the project strategy and the potential of silvopastoral systems for climate change mitigation and adaptation.
  • Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the postgraduate course for the students continued virtually via the Moodle platform of the Universidad de la Amazonia (Florencia). The modules focus on sustainable cattle production, natural resource management and value chains. Out of 85 enrolled students, about 70 are expected to complete the course. Including the first 50 graduates of the first quarter, 120 students are expected to have successfully participated.
  • CIPAV has signed agreements that include reducing deforestation in regions of the beef and dairy supply chains in Colombia.
  • CIPAV is contributing to the development of the NAMA for cattle production by assisting in building the baseline and improving the scenarios with a special focus on the SLUS project regions.
  • SLUS Project Manager Augusto Castro-Nuñez met with representatives of the Colombian government on 25 March 2021 to discuss a developed mechanism to monitor the progress of projects implemented in the country and supported by international collaborations.

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Project data


Implementing organisation:
International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

Political partner(s):
  • Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MADS) - Colombia

Implementing partner(s):
  • Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) e.V.
  • Research Center for Sustainable Agricultural Production Systems (CIPAV) - Colombia

BMU grant:
5.199.957,75 €

11/2018  till  10/2022

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