Taking Land Use Change out of Commodity Production in Savannahs and Grasslands through Policy Engagement, Land Use Planning and Best Management Practices
As of: June 2019
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, i.a. the previous project and the current project "SuLu2" (Sustainable Land Use) (globallandusechange.org/…)
- In Paraguay SuLu works in the ecoregion Pantanal del Chaco and the adjacent areas
- A land use/land cover map of the region was elaborated together with the partner institution INFONA. This provides a basis for better land use planning in the region.
- A trip with journalists was made to the Pantanal to develop a documentary about the project region. The documentary was released very successfully in February 2019 during a public event in a cinema in Asuncion, jointly with Ariel Oviedo, the Environmental Minister.
- The “Earth Hour” 2019, one of the most important events about environmental conservation, was celebrated in 21 cities of Paraguay on March 30th. The central event was held in a shopping centre in Asunción, with 350 visitors and the support of 35 companies, civil society organizations and public institutions. Two main themes were promoted: sustainable production and responsible consumption, with the Pantanal as one of the main ecosystems in need of support and an installation showing a scene of the project region.
- In Colombia, the project works in the Orinoquia region.
- As a result of the media exchange workshop conducted in 2018, participants proposed key storylines with information gathered in the project region to position savannahs ecosystems. WWF assessed the proposals and selected three to be published in 2019.
- Fieldtrips with El Tiempo, El Espectador and RCN Radio will be developed to show different approaches to the planning of the territory (female leadership, livestock with conservation-production approach, culture as an integral part of conservation).
- A scientific paper of PhD student Luca Eufemia “Synthesis of Environmental Research Knowledge: The Case of Paraguayan Pantanal Tropical Wetlands”, was published in the Journal of Sustainable Agriculture Research (SAR).