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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: March 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) (…)
  • Workshops on cost-benefit analysis of best management practices for soybean cultivation (PRY), palm oil (COL) and animal husbandry (COL, PRY) for the regions.
  • The experiences from the project SuLu as well as the project approach were presented at the COP23 in Bonn.
  • Paraguay
  • 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.
  • Colombia
  • In Colombia, the project works in the Orinoquia region.
  • Exchange between local and national journalists on the challenges of the Orinoquia region and reporting to the public
  • Together with DLR, a GIS/remote sensing training was conducted in Bogotá for regional and national managers in this area
  • Collection of data on biomass and ground-vegetation for the calculation of carbon content in flooded savannahs in Casanare. The data will be fed into the national carbon database and improve the knowledge base on the importance of these ecosystems for carbon storage.
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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 08/2019


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