Implementation of sustainable land use systems for forest conservation, climate protection (REDD+) and peace-building in Colombia
As of: January 2020
Objective and activities
The project will contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions, forest conservation, restoration of degraded landscapes (FLR), improvement of livelihoods in rural areas and support the peace process. The project will impact on the national REDD+ strategy, NDCs and peace-building activities through the establishment of sustainable land use systems (SLUS) - especially agricultural and cattle farming systems. In order to increase efficiency, the systems are tailored to local circumstances and designed on the basis of important value chains. Strategies for up-scaling will be developed to promote the establishment of the most promising land use systems (with monetary and non-monetary incentives). Target groups are farmers living in areas that have priority both in terms of carbon storage and landscape renaturation and are simultaneously affected or threatened by armed conflicts.
State of implementation/results
- All project team members and representatives from implementing partners participated in the project kick-off meeting (March 13-15) held in Colombia.
- The project team officially met three times with MADS representatives for coordination purposes. Additionally, MADS and MADR took part in the project’s kick-off meeting to discuss the regional nodes for the development of Sustainable Land Use Systems, (SLUS) and value chain (VC) upgrading strategies. – The departments of Caquetá and Cesar were prioritized by the project (along with MADS, MADR and ART) as the two regional nodes for piloting SLUS. Similarly, restoration priorities are to be identified in coordination with these institutions.
- The project was publicly launched on March 18 in Bogota, with representatives from the government, international organizations, producer’s organizations, NGOs, embassies and universities attending the event. Participants agreed on the choice of Caquetá and Cesar a regional nodes and identified areas for possible collaboration, such as adopting some of the indicators developed by the "Alto Comisionado para la Paz".
- The implementation of project activities has started. In the near future, it is expected that the project will inform not only Colombia´s climate policy processes, but also global climate dialogues. For instance, the project is informing the government’s efforts and multi-stakeholder dialogue platforms to promote zero-deforestation in agricultural value chains. Specifically, a baseline study on the cocoa sector, developed with the support of the project, is informing the design of the strategy to implement the recently launched Cocoa, Forest, and Peace Initiative.
- The German Thünen Institute carried out a training program for modeling SLUS. This aims to prepare and enhance the institutional capacity for assessing the economic performance of SLUS related to cattle ranching piloted in the project’s priority regions.
- The project staff is participating in the Colombian Roundtable for Sustainable Cattle Ranching in order to contribute to the NAMA for sustainable bovine livestock that is being designed by the Colombian government. The project acts as the Secretary for the zero-deforestation value chain agreement for the dairy sector per the request of the Colombian government. Furthermore, the project is involved in the agreements for zero deforestation in the cacao, dairy and meat value chains. In May 2019, ZALF hosted a workshop in Germany on SLUS and complex scenarios in Colombia. Led also by ZALF, a newly established working group will identify key indicators of environmental peacebuilding. --