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BioPaSOS Project teaches methodologies to quantify carbon in different land uses in cattle ranches  

  • The training took place in the state of Jalisco, Mexico, with actors from the livestock sector

December 16, 2019.Around 30 technicians and researchers from different offices in the state of Jalisco, Mexico, received training last December 9 and 10, in which they learned about methodologies to determine carbon in different soil uses, in livestock landscapes.

With this training, the Biodiversity and Sustainable Livestock Landscapes project, known as BioPaSOS, and implemented by CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) aims to promote actions that improve carbon sequestration in livestock ranches.

Among the participants were staff from the Inter-municipal Environment Board for the Integrated Management of the Lower Ayuquila River Basin (JIRA, its Spanish acronym), the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Jalisco (SADER, its Spanish acronym), the Ministry of Environment and Territorial Development (SEMADET, its Spanish acronym), the University Center of the South Coast of the University of Guadalajara (CUCSUR of the UDG, its Spanish acronym), the State Forestry Development Program Trust (FIPRODEFO, its Spanish acronym), the National Institute of Forestry, Agricultural and Livestock Research (INIFAP, its Spanish acronym) and the Technological Institute of Ciudad Guzmán (ITCG, its Spanish acronym).

The training took place at the UDG's CUCSUR headquarters and on cattle ranches in the community of Yerbabuena in Autlán de Navarro, Jalisco, and was given by Deb Raj Aryal, research professor at the Autonomous University of Chiapas (UNACH, its Spanish acronym), and Francisco Casasola, CATIE researcher.

"The participants knew how to properly collect information in the field and make calculations of the carbon stored in different deposits and reservoirs, in the different land uses present in these livestock production systems," explained Casasola.

According to Casasola, after this training the technicians and researchers will be able to carry out integral studies that allow quantifying the capacity of livestock production units, which have silvo-pastoral arrangements and carry out good livestock practices, of storing or capturing carbon.

"This will allow the livestock sector to provide reliable data on the current performance of their production systems, demonstrating the environmental responsibility of the sector, but at the same time, identifying livestock farmers where there are opportunities for improvement with respect to the conservation of their production systems and contributing to the reduction of emissions," said Juan Edduardo Betanzos, local coordinator of the BioPaSOS project in Jalisco.

Jesús Juan Rosales, head of the Department of Ecology and Natural Resources of the CUCSUR of the UDG, indicated that in order to move towards sustainability it is very necessary to know the methodologies that can be used at present to make more precise estimates when evaluating the reduction of emissions and the capture of carbon in cattle ranches.

"Promoting carbon sequestration in cattle ranches helps Mexico meet its environmental commitments under the National Climate Change Strategy (ENCC, its Spanish acronym) and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to reduce total greenhouse gas emissions by 22% and avoid deforestation by 2030," explained Casasola.

The BioPaSOS project is supported by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), in coordination with the National Commission for Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO, its Spanish acronym) and the Secretariat of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER, its Spanish acroym), with funding from the International Climate Initiative (IKI) and with multiple local partners in their territories of intervention.

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Juan Edduardo Betanzos Simon
Local Coordinator in Jalisco
 BioPaSOS Project
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