September 11, 2019. Within the framework of the project Biodiversity and Sustainable Agro-silvopastoral Livestock Landscapes, known as BioPaSOS, and in coordination with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER, its Spanish acronym) and the Ministry of Environment and Territorial Development (SEMADET, its Spanish acronym) of Jalisco, Mexico, the workshop Silvo-pastoral Systems as a tool for the development of sustainable livestock was held on September 5 and 6, in the city of Autlan de Navarro.
A total of 36 technicians from 12 different institutions in the state of Jalisco participated in the workshop, including SADER, SEMADET, the University Centre of the South Coast (CUCSUR), The National Commission on Natural Protected Areas Biosphere Reserve of Manantlán (CONANP-RB SM, its Spanish acronym), the Intermunicipal Environmental Board for the Integral Management of the Lower Ayuquila River Basin (JIRA, its Spanish acronym), the South Coast Inter-municipal Environment Board (JICOSUR, its Spanish acronym), the Inter-municipal Environmental Board for the Integral Management of the Coahuayana River Basin (JIRCO, its Spanish acronym), the Inter-municipal Environmental Board of Sierra Occidental y Costa (JISOC, its Spanish acronym), the Inter-municipal Association for the Protection of the Environment and Sustainable Development of Lake Chapala (AIPROMIDES, its Spanish acronym), the State Forestry Development Program Trust (FIPRODEFO, its Spanish acronym), the Northeast Fund (FONNOR, its Spanish acronym) and the Biocultural Landscape project
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 Jalisco.
During the inauguration of the workshop, Carlos Alberto Jiménez, director of Productive Chains and Sustainability of SADER Jalisco, mentioned that CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) and the BioPaSOS project represent a very interesting area of opportunity in which some of the good practices related to agricultural production systems can be landed.
"In addition, the workshop generated unity among extensionist technicians who will be working with producers throughout the territory. This unit will strengthen communication between the producers and the secretaries to continue designing public policies and programs according to the actions that are being developed," said Jiménez.
Cristóbal Villanueva, facilitator of the workshop and CATIE researcher, stressed that livestock is of socioeconomic importance because it is the main livelihood for thousands of families at the state level, considering that the state of Jalisco is the first producer of milk and second in meat at the national level.
"Livestock activity is linked to high rates of deforestation due to changes in land use; however, silvo-pastoral systems are an option to reduce these rates and increase tree cover in the state of Jalisco," Villanueva added.
The workshop was also supported by Jesús Juan Rosales, professor-researcher of the CUCSUR of the University of Guadalajara (UDG, its Spanish acronym) and head of the department of natural resources, who taught the topics of advances in research on silvo-pastoral systems in the region and the importance of livestock in Jalisco and Mexico.
This workshop is part of the collaborative work that has been carried out between the secretaries of Jalisco, SADER and SEMADET, and CATIE.
The BioPaSOS project is implemented by CATIE, with the support of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), in coordination with the National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO, its Spanish acronym) and the Secretariat of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER, its Spanish acronym), with funding from the International Climate Initiative (IKI).
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Juan Edduardo Betanzos
Local Coordinator in Jalisco