Taking Land Use Change out of Commodity Production in Savannahs and Grasslands through Policy Engagement, Land Use Planning and Best Management Practices - Internationale Climate Initiative (IKI)
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Taking Land Use Change out of Commodity Production in Savannahs and Grasslands through Policy Engagement, Land Use Planning and Best Management Practices

As of: September 2020

Objective and activities

The species-rich savannahs, grasslands and wetlands in Llanos, Colombia and the Pantanal in Paraguay are being increasingly threatened by the expansion of agriculture. The project therefore plans and implements more climate-friendly land use and management in these two regions in order to increase agricultural production, while at the same time protecting natural areas and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It disseminates knowledge on ecosystem services, sustainable land use and the relevant resources to national and regional authorities, and conducts pilot projects to demonstrate climate and biodiversity-friendly agriculture. Through cooperation with the financial sector, environmental and social risks are also to be integrated into financial strategies for oil palm, soya and livestock production. In this way, the project not only reduces soil degradation, it also has a positive impact on the forest ecosystems and water resources in the region .

State of implementation/results

  • Website with IKI projects of the WWF has been launched and contains, e.g. the previous project and the current project "SuLu2" (Sustainable Land Use) (globallandusechange.org/…)


  • WWF and Fundación Horizonte Verde published the technical guideline “Livestock and conservation in the floodplain savannah of Colombia's Orinoco region: a sui generis climate smart model: www.wwf.org.co/…
  • The publication was also an opportunity to continue media work promoting Orinoquias savannahs: www.elespectador.com/…
  • A new landing page regarding the project work in the Orinoquia has been published including videos and photographs of the region: www.wwf.org.co/…
  • The Sulu team jointly with Norecco (Regional Node for Climate Change of Orinoquia) developed the “Savannahs Module” to be integrated into the “Norecco-Climate Leadership E-learning School-ELCC”. ELCC is oriented to enhance the capacity of Norecco representatives in the departments (departmental climate roundtables). Sulu added a complementary module for savannah ecosystems, including technical content (student handbook), material of support (2 videos, to understand Orinoquia with its different types of ecosystems and its biodiversity, water, culture and livelihoods in savannahs ecosystems)
  • Final version was presented to Norecco in 02/2020 (wwfcolombia-my.sharepoint.com:f:/g/personal/sarincon_wwf_org_co/EsJWDUjYbu5LlMoqdFHFcTgBrfUoE7RWG8LiUZDFy_3fjA?e=hTvFUN)
  • The Sulu team jointly with Asociación Calidris and Fundación Horizonte Verde, is leading the “Alianza por la sabana” in Colombia
  • A meeting of cattle ranchers was scheduled for 03/2020, but given the situation of COVID-19, it needed to be postponed until further notice like several other trainings and workshops


  • Several videos and communication material about the project region have been published:
  • The environmental services of natural grasslands and savannas in Paraguay: www.youtube.com/…
  • Video on exchange of experiences with Colombian and Paraguayan ranchers - Sustainable production in natural fields of the Paraguayan Pantanal: www.youtube.com/…
  • Pantanal Science Magazine: www.wwf.org.py/…
  • The land use plan of Bahía Negra, developed within Sulu, is in the final stages of getting the license by the Ministry of Environment and Development. This step is required for all land use plans in the country
  • The project staff participated in several scientific research publications, e.g. on biodiversity in grasslands and savannas
  • A webinar on "Savannah and Grassland Farming as a Conservation Opportunity" by Karim Musalem was part of WWF Earth Hour in 03/2020

Project data

Colombia, Paraguay

Implementing organisation:
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) - Germany

Partner institution(s):
  • Government of Alto Paraguay Department - Paraguay," Institute for Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies (IDEAM) - Colombia", Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock - Paraguay, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development - Colombia, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MADS) - Colombia, Municipality of Bahia Negra - Paraguay, National Federation of Oil Palm Producers (Fedepalma) - Colombia, Paraguayan Institute of the Indigenous People (INDI) - Paraguay, Regional Environmental Authority of Meta - Colombia, Secretary of the Environment (SEAM) - Paraguay
  • World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) - Colombia,World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) - Paraguay

BMU grant:
3.676.114,00 €

09/2016  till  09/2020


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