October 11 2019. On October 4, the Biodiversity and Sustainable Livestock Agrosilvopastoral Landscapes project, known as BioPaSOS, of CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center), convened academics, researchers, government institutions, civil society and producers from the state of Chiapas in a workshop to promote collaborative work, in order to develop sustainable livestock in the Mexican state.
The workshop, which was held within the framework of inter-institutional collaboration between the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (SAGyP, its Spanish acronym) and CATIE, aimed to support the consolidation of processes of collaborative governance and political advocacy for the development of sustainable livestock in Chiapas.
The activity was attended by state and federal government institutions, such as the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (SAGyP), the Secretariat of Environment and Natural History (SEMAHN, its Spanish acronym), both from the state of Chiapas, the Secretariat of Rural Development (SADER, its Spanish acronym), the Commission of Protected Natural Areas (CONANP, its Spanish acronym) and non-governmental organizations, including The Nature Conservancy, Pronatura Sur, Ecology, Sustainability and Innovation (ESI), the Centro de Capacitación y Asesorías, Medio Ambiente y Defensa, A.C. (CAMADDS, A.C.); as well as academic institutions such as the Autonomous University of Chiapas (UNACH, its Spanish acronym), local livestock associations and CATIE researchers.
Ileana Ávalos, CATIE public policy specialist, facilitated the workshop. The specialist commented that it is important to work collectively in order to have greater scalability at different levels.
Zaynia Andrea Gíl, head of SAGyP, who was in charge of inaugurating the workshop, mentioned that for the secretariat it is important to have a working group made up of many actors and that they can provide technical inputs for the promotion and development of sustainable livestock, in order to improve animal productivity, but at the same time generate environmental benefits such as the conservation of biodiversity, water and soil, among others.
Jorge Luis Ruiz, who chairs the sustainable livestock group in Chiapas, said the group has been working for several years and has generated evidence for the promotion and development of sustainable livestock.
The participants pointed out that it is important to generate these group work spaces because they allow the exchange of technical, scientific and relevant information, which is being generated from their spaces, as well as to analyze how this contributes to obtain and develop a more productive livestock, with a sustainability of economic income throughout the year, more resilient to climate change and that can reduce its emissions of greenhouse gases.
José Antonio Jiménez, local coordinator of the BioPaSOS project in Chiapas, indicated that the information obtained in this workshop will be systematized and shared with all participants to serve as input to strengthen the sustainable livestock group.
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).
José Antonio Jiménez
Local Coodinator Chiapas
Biodiversity and Sustainable Agro-silvopastoral Landscapes (BioPaSOS)
Karla Salazar Leiva
Information Technology and Communication