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Jalisco makes progress in reducing emissions from the livestock sector

  • Under the leadership of SEMADET, this state implements the Emissions Reduction Initiative (IRE, its Spanish acronym), promoted by the government of Mexico, which promotes sustainable livestock

March 16, 2020 Jalisco is one of the five states in Mexico selected by the government to implement the Emissions Reduction Initiative (IRE, its Spanish acronym), due to its high percentage of deforestation and degradation, mainly due to cattle ranching. As part of this initiative, the state government has promoted silvopastoral systems (SSP, its Spanish acronym) as an alternative for sustainable development for the livestock sector and this has begun to show results.

The promotion of the SSP has been carried out through the articulation and joint work of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER, its Spanish acronym), the Ministry of the Environment and Territorial Development (SEMADET, its Spanish acronym), the State Forest Development Program Trust (FIPRODEFO, its Spanish acronym), the University of Guadalajara (UdeG), the Biodiversity and Sustainable Agro-Silvopastoral Landscapes project, known as BioPaSOS-implemented by CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center)-and the Specific Dedicated Mechanism for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (MDE, its Spanish acronym).

In order to learn about the progress made within the framework of the IRE, the Inter-municipal Environmental Board for the Management of the Lower Ayuquila River Basin (JIRA, its Spanish acronym) visited the region on March11 . Specifically, three success stories were visited: a sheep and cattle SSP, a nursery for fodder plant production and a SSP that has a multipurpose plot.

During the visit, Sergio Graf, Secretary of SEMADET, said he was very pleased with the results of the sum of inter-institutional efforts in the JIRA, and especially in the municipality of El Limón; he also commented that more Field Schools will be implemented in the state of Jalisco because the results of capacity building for producers and technicians are evident.

In addition to the Secretary of SEMADET and two directors of this secretariat, the visit was attended by León Jorge Castaños, General Director of the National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR, its Spanish acronym) and four other members of this commission; David Michel Camarena, Municipal President of El Limón; Arturo Pizano, General Director of FIPRODEFO; Oscar Gabriel Ponce, Director of JIRA; José Samuel García, natural resources coordinator of JIRA; Jesús Juan Rosales, head of the Department of Ecology and Natural Resources of the University Center of the South Coast (CUCSUR, its Spanish acronym) of the University of Guadalajara; as well as producers of the Field School of El Limón, in which the BioPaSOS project is involved.

Castaño said that raising awareness among producers is a complicated task; however, it is more easily achieved by working together and across institutions because there is no duplication of effort and it contributes more to biodiversity conservation.

In this sense, and with respect to the BioPaSOS project, Castaño pointed out that the studies carried out within the framework of the BioPaSOS project, on issues such as biodiversity, water footprint, carbon and greenhouse gases, among others, are fundamental because they serve as support to demonstrate with evidence that what is being promoted is profitable and environmentally friendly.  

The BioPaSOS project is supported by 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 visit to the JIRA region


More information:

Juan Eduardo Betanzos Simon
Coordinador local en Jalisco
Proyecto BioPaSOS
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Karla Salazar Leiva
Information Technology and Communication
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