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Climate Change Adaptation Strategies Identified in Chiapas' Livestock Sector

  • The strategies identified by specialists in the state of Chiapas, Mexico, and the BioPaSOS project will be part of the state's Climate Change Adaptation Plan

March 25, 2020. Representatives of the Ministry of the Environment and Natural History (SEMAHN, its Spanish acronym) of Chiapas, Mexico, as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academia, the Advisory Council on Climate Change and the project Biodiversity and Sustainable Agroforestry Landscapes, known as BioPaSOS, analyzed, in the framework of a workshop, the incorporation of sustainable livestock in the State Plan for Adaptation to Climate Change (PEACC, its Spanish acronym), currently under development in the state of Chiapas.

Mainly, the situation in Chiapas was analyzed in terms of the application of existing regulations on climate change, emphasizing water as a strategic resource and one of the fundamental axes of adaptation to climate change.

José Antonio Jiménez, local coordinator of the BioPaSOS project in Chiapas, explained that after the analysis, important information was obtained to prepare a roadmap with concrete elements so that practices and strategies for adaptation to climate change also contribute to the development of sustainable livestock farming in Chiapas and are addressed in the PEACC. In this way, the subsequent actions, guidelines and resources that will be allocated to implement this plan will constitute a strategy for scaling up the actions currently promoted by the BioPaz project.

In addition, Jenner Rodas, director of the Directorate of Climate Change and Environmental Economics of SEMAHN, said that the contributions derived from the analysis made will be very timely for the progress still required in Chiapas, in terms of adaptation to climate change.

"The state of Chiapas has experience in sustainable livestock and has a wide variety of actors involved in the issue, in addition, the practices promoted are also of adaptation to climate change, so the development of the PEACC will have solid foundations for future implementation," said Laura Benegas, of the Resilient Watershed, Water Security and Soils Unit of CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center), who was in charge of facilitating the workshop.

Through the analysis conducted during the workshop, a roadmap will be proposed that SEMAHN can implement to incorporate sustainable livestock in their adaptation strategies as part of the PEACC; also, the lines of work, projects and other actions that are being developed by the different key actors who participated in the workshop will be shared, thus mapping the existing resources currently in the state for adaptation to climate change.

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, with funding from the International Climate Initiative (IKI).

 

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