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Scaling up the conservation of biodiversity through climate smart agro-silvopastoral practices in landscapes dominated by cattle-raising systems in Three Regions of Mexico

As of: December 2021

Mexico is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, but its biodiversity is under threat. One of the reasons for this is intensive livestock farming, because forests are still being cleared to create new pastures. This leads to negative impacts, including a decline in biodiversity and the release of greenhouse gases. To counter this trend, the project supports approaches that combine trees, arable crops and animal husbandry in holistic systems. These ‘agrosilvopastoral’ systems increase the productivity and the income of agricultural stakeholders, improve the protection of biodiversity and reduce vulnerability to the effects of climate change. To this end, the project is seeking to integrate animal husbandry systems into Mexico’s climate change and biodiversity agenda – and is also establishing an incentive scheme for biodiversity protection and climate change adaptation/mitigation.

State of implementation/results

  • the project completed the “Guidelines for the promotion of sustainable livestock” for Chiapas and Campeche. These documents will be launch in a public event that will be coordinated with both State Secretariats, in collaboration with the Agriculture and Environment State Secretariats and stakeholders,
  • the Regional Platform for Sustainable Livestock, Biodiversity and Climate Change has been conceptualized and designed; the main goal of this Regional Platform is to foster collaboration among organizations working on sustainable livestock production across Latin America and the Caribbean (…)
  • the 68 BioPaSOS Farmer Field Schools (FFS) have graduated more than 1200 farmers after successfully completing the agreed educational curriculum which was designed based on the express needs of farmers. In coordination with local partners, the FFS approach is being scaled up to other territories where additional livestock farmers will learn about sustainable livestock production and biodiversity conservation. To support these capacity building opportunities, BioPaSOS has published a Methodological Guide for the Facilitation of Learning Sessions in Field Schools (…).
  • Studies about synergies in adaptation and mitigation (SAM) in the livestock sector have been completed across territories, and Policy Briefs highlighting findings and opportunities to increase SAM will be released in coordination with partners.
  • Sustainable livestock working groups have been established in each of the three intervention territories with the goal of promoting sustainable and environmentally friendly livestock production practices and biodiversity conservation.

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Project data


Implementing organisation:
Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) - Costa Rica

Political partner(s):
  • Ministry for Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER) - Mexico
  • National Commission for Research and Utilisation of Biodiversity (CONABIO) - Mexico

Implementing partner(s):
  • The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA)

BMU grant:
2.965.000,00 €

12/2016  till  12/2022



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