Chiapas Technicians Strengthen Knowledge on Establishing Silvo-pastoral Systems
- These systems are considered an option to improve the productive, economic, environmental and climate change mitigation efficiency of cattle ranches.
September 6, 2019. Within the framework of the project Biodiversity and Sustainable Livestock Agro-silvo-pastoral Landscapes, known as BioPaSOS, and with the coordination of the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (SAGyP, its Spanish acronym) of Chiapas, Mexico, was held in the city of Tuxtla Gutiérrez the workshop Silvo-pastoral Systems as a tool for the development of climate-smart livestock, in which 35 technicians from the area participated.
A total of 17 technicians from SAGyP, 12 from the Ministry of the Environment and Natural History (SEMAHN, its Spanish acronym) and six from strategic partners of the BioPaSOS project, such as Ecology, Sustainability and Innovation, Civil Association (ESI A.C.) and CECROPIA A.C. were present.
"The workshop allowed the technicians to strengthen and develop their capacities and competencies, skills and abilities in the design, establishment and management of silvo-pastoral systems, as a strategy for the development of sustainable livestock in Chiapas", detailed José Antonio Jiménez, local coordinator of the BioPaSOS project in Chiapas, which is implemented by CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center).
During the inauguration of the workshop, José Antonio Hernández, undersecretary of SAGyP, mentioned that with this training Technicians are provided with first world technical tools, which will help them promote the development of a more productive and sustainable livestock.
Cristóbal Villanueva, facilitator of the workshop and CATIE researcher, stressed that livestock is of socioeconomic importance because it is the main source of livelihood for thousands of Chiapas families and that silvo-pastoral systems are an option to improve productive efficiency, economic, environmental and climate change mitigation of cattle ranches.
The workshop was also attended by experts in sustainable livestock of the state, for example, René Pinto, researcher at the Autonomous University of Chiapas (UNACH, its Spanish acronym) and leader of the Academic Body of Agro-forestry Livestock, who taught the topic of advances in research on silvo-pastoral systems in the region, and Jorge Luis Ruiz, professor at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, who presented the topic of the importance of livestock in Mexico and Chiapas.
This workshop is part of the collaborative work being carried out by SAGyP, SEMAHN and CATIE.
development of climate-smart livestock, in Chiapas, Mexico.
José Antonio Jiménez
Biodiversity and Sustainable Agrosilvopastoral Landscapes –BioPaSOS-
Karla Salazar Leiva
Information Technology and Communication