Scaling up the conservation of biodiversity through climate smart agro-silvopastoral practices in landscapes dominated by cattle-raising systems in the tropical regions of Mexico
As of: January 2020
Objective and activities
The project supports agro-silvopastoral approaches in Mexico, aiming at increasing productivity and family income, enhancing biodiversity conservation and reducing the vulnerability of livestock systems to climate change. Together with stakeholders in three areas of Mexico, the project will emphasize on: 1) development of national and regional platforms to discuss innovations and policies to integrate livestock systems in the climate change and biodiversity agendas; 2) document strategies dealing with biodiversity conservation and adaptation/mitigation to climate change in livestock systems, to achieve impacts at both the policy and field implementation scales; 3) development of methodological approaches for monitoring biodiversity, ecosystem services and benefits of adaptation/mitigation to climate change in silvopastoral systems; and 4) design of incentive schemes for biodiversity conservation and climate change adaptation/mitigation involving public-private partnerships.
State of implementation/results
- Project areas selected in 3 states in coordination with partner government and based on their biodiversity conservation value and the prevalence of cattle ranching activities.
- strengthen livestock farmers capacities to implement Silvopastoral systems and good practices through Farmers Field Schools [FFS]. Currently there are 68 FFS established.
- BioPaSOS is working with over 1200 livestock farmers and women participation is at least 20% across territories
- Inter-institutional learning communities formed in each one of the project areas.
- Research agenda on climate-smart livestock production and biodiversity conservation established in the 3 project areas.--Diagnoses of the livestock sector conducted for the 3 states.
- Biological monitoring covering multiple taxa [i.e., mammals, birds, plants and insects] are being coordinated with partner universities across implementing territories.