Taking Land Use Change out of Commodity Production in Savannahs and Grasslands through Policy Engagement, Land Use Planning and Best Management Practices - 16_III_067 - 9757 - 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: January 2020

Objective and activities

The project develops capacity for sustainable land use planning in Colombia’s Llanos and Paraguay’s Pantanal eco-regions and support knowledge on savannah ecosystems. The project addresses threats to high-biodiversity, high carbon savannahs from expanding agriculture and supports an integrated approach to take land use change out of commodity production in savannahs. Capacities for land use planning and management are built across the local, the regional and international scale, working with farmers, local communities and producer associations and supporting regional environmental authorities and local governments. The project raises awareness at the international level, including with investors and consumers, and tests and communicates new approaches to address drivers of land use change and greenhouse gas emissions caused by commodity production. The project contributes to the national low-carbon development strategies and will be a cornerstone of the regional development plans.

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/…)
  • The digital campaign “The Paraguayan Pantanal" was developed in April 2019 using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube with the aim of positioning the Pantanal and its richness of biodiversity. A documentary video on Pantanal was already launched in February 2019 in many of the most important cinemas in the country. The campaign was carried out in collaboration with the Pantanal Chaco and Sustainable Landscapes projects. The audiovisual material had more than 102,000 views on social network platforms: www.youtube.com/…
  • In July 2019, the Sulu experience-exchange between Colombian and Paraguayan cattle ranchers in Alto Paraguay was broadcasted in an interview with Canal Pro, one of the leading TV channels on production issues: www.youtube.com/…
  • In response to the increase of forest-fires which affect protected areas, WWF-Paraguay communications team produced a call-to-action video based on images of the Pantanal before the fires. The video was shared through WWF-Paraguay's social networks with more than 1,400 views: www.youtube.com/… In the issue of forest-fire in the Paraguayan Pantanal WWF-Paraguay positioned itself as one of the main sources of information (Interviews with experts, photos and maps). From August 20th to September 25th, 2019, more than 190 WWF appearances were recorded in the digital press, 30 radio interviews and 25 television interviews.
  • In Colombia, as a result of the media exchange workshop with local and national journalists conducted in 2018, participants are now doing in depth media stories highlighting how the Orinoquia region is facing its challenges and deciding its future.
  • RCN radio will show how flooded savannahs are deeply connected with culture. Sulu will connect the journalists with the local partner Hato La Aurora, to highlight how production can be done at the same time with ecotourism. El Tiempo will investigate the role of women in Orinoquia for conservation efforts. WWF has mapped 12 influential women from NGOs and government involved in different environmental processes. El Espectador will show how biodiversity is linked with decisions on land use through one of the most endangered species of Orinoquia - the Caimán del Orinoco.
  • A scientific paper of PhD student Luca Eufemia “Collective perception of Anthropic and Extractive Interventions in the Colombian Llanos”, was published in the Journal of Social Sciences www.mdpi.com/…

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

09/2016 till 06/2020