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Workshop on Carbon in Livestock Landscapes of Chiapas

  • The workshop was developed by the BioPaSOS project in collaboration with SEMAHN and UNACH and was attended by technicians, academics, researchers and students

February 4, 2020. In order to expand knowledge on the subject of methodologies for quantifying carbon in livestock landscapes, the Biodiversity and Sustainable Agrosilvopastoral  Livestock Landscapes project, known as BioPaSOS, in collaboration with the Secretary of Environment and Natural History (SEMAHN, its Spanish acronym) of Chiapas and the Academic Body in Livestock Agroforestry of the Faculty of Agronomic Sciences of the Autonomous University of Chiapas (FCA-UNACH, its Spanish acronym), in Mexico, gave a workshop to technicians, academics, researchers and students related to the livestock sector dedicated state.

The workshop was given by Deb Raj, researcher of the Chair Program of the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT, its Spanish acronym), attached to the Faculty of Agronomic Sciences and collaborators of the Academic Body in Agro-forestry and Livestock of the UNACH, including Danilo Morales, Cesar Noé Tondopó and Alejandra Lara.

Participants learned the basic concepts of carbon, the methodologies for its quantification and its importance in livestock production systems.

In relation to the workshop, Raj mentioned that it is very important to evaluate how the trees within the cattle ranches, through silvopastoral systems, contribute in a positive way to fix and store carbon in their aerial biomass and in the soil.

Participants also indicated an interest in monitoring carbon sequestration and storage in livestock production systems as this information generates important data for them to know how much carbon is being stored on livestock farms.

Participants included technicians from SEMAHN, La Sepultura Biosphere Reserve (REBISE, its Spanish acronym), El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve (REBITR, its Spanish acronymI), Selva el Ocote Biosphere Reserve (REBISO, its Spanish acronym), the Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP, its Spanish acronym), as well as technicians from the Municipality of Villa Corzo, undergraduate, master's and doctoral students from the UNACH, students from the University of Sciences and Arts of Chiapas (UNICACH, its Spanish acronym) and the Intercultural University of Chiapas (UNICH), academics and researchers from the UNACH and the technical team of BioPaSOS in Chiapas.

The SEMAHN technicians said that through the workshop they learned how to estimate carbon fixation and storage in aerial biomass and in the soil, in order to apply this knowledge in the field and keep records.

It should be noted that in order to estimate field measurements and the amount of carbon fixed and stored in aerial biomass (arboreal and herbaceous), leaf litter and soil, a sampling was carried out in the facilities of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Zootechnics of the UNACH.

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 Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER, its Spanish acronym), with funding from the International Climate Initiative (IKI) and together with multiple local partners in their intervention territories.


Participants of the workshop Methodologies for the quantification of carbon in
different land uses present in cattle ranches, in Chiapas, Mexico


More information/written by:

José Antonio Jiménez
Local Coordinator in Chiapas
Biodiversity and  Sustainable Agro-silvopastoral Landscapes  (BioPaSOS)
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