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They share the effects of livestock on water resources with actors from the Jalisco livestock area

  • Technicians, academics, researchers and students participated in training that allowed them to broaden their knowledge on the subject of water and its importance for the development of sustainable livestock.

December 16, 2019. The Biodiversity and Sustainable Agro-silvopastoral Livestock Landscapes project, known as BioPaSOS, in collaboration with the University Center of the South Coast of the University of Guadalajara (CUCSUR of the UDG, its Spanish acronym), provided technicians, academics, researchers and students from the state of Jalisco, Mexico, with a  course on the effects of sustainable livestock practices on water resources.

The course was held on November 27 and 28 and was taught by Laura Venegas, leader of the Watersheds and Water Safety Unitt of CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education  Center), and Ney Ríos, researcher of this unit of the Center, also had the participation of Demetrio Meza, Claudia Ortiz, Luis Martinez and Enya Enriquez, research professors of the CUCSUR of the UDG.

During the course, participants learned about the basic concepts of water footprint and infiltration, the importance of these indicators in livestock production systems, as well as methods for determining water footprint and infiltration in cattle ranches.

The moderators mentioned that it is important to evaluate how livestock production systems with increased tree cover and good livestock practices contribute positively to infiltration, so that this information serves as a basis for designing and implementing practices that contribute to increased water infiltration and reduced water footprint on livestock ranches.

On the other hand, the facilitators commented that an efficient use of water resources is of vitally importance for production systems to survive and have this vital resource over time.

Participants mentioned that it is important to monitor infiltration and water footprint in production systems as this information generates relevant data to know how much water is infiltrated and/or consumed to produce meat and milk, and based on this design strategies to improve these indicators in cattle ranches.

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 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) and with multiple local partners in their territories of intervention.

 

More information/written by:

Juan Edduardo Betanzos
Local Coordinator in Jalisco
Biodiversity and Sustainable Agrosilvopastoral Livestock Landscapes (BioPaSOS)
CATIE

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