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Jalisco producers monitor rainfall on cattle ranches to know water footprint
- The monitoring of the intensity and frequency of rainfall on cattle ranches was carried out under the technical accompaniment of the BioPaSOS project
August 10, 2020. Within the framework of the project Biodiversity and Sustainable Silvo-pastoral Landscapes, known as BioPaSOS, specifically in the territories of the Inter-municipal Environmental Board for the Integrated Management of the Lower Ayuquila River Basin (JIRA), the Inter-municipal Environmental Board of Costa Sur (JICOSUR, its Spanish acronym) and the Biosphere Reserve of the Sierra de Manantlán (RBSM, its Spanish acronym) of the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP, its Spanish acronym), in Jalisco, Mexico, are carrying out, together with livestock producers, a monitoring of the intensity and frequency of precipitation, in order to estimate the water footprint that livestock activity generates in the region.
The monitoring is carried out on the ranches of eight livestock producers, who are participants in the process. The ranches are located in the municipalities of Zapotitlán de Vadillo, Tolimán, El Limón, Autlán de Navarro, Villa Purificación, La Huerta and Cuautitlán de García Barragán.
"The idea of estimating the water footprint in the region is that from it we can implement good practices to reduce the impact generated by livestock," said Juan Edduardo Betanzos, local coordinator of the BioPaSOS project in Jalisco.
The data processing for the estimation of the water footprint is directed by Laura Benegas and Ney Rios, specialists from the Watershed and Water Security Unit of CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center), who will propose alternatives to reduce the water footprint in the region.
According to Betanzos, it will be possible to accurately determine the total water footprint and by monitoring rainfall make reference to the green water footprint, which refers to the consumption of water stored in the soil as humidity from rainfall (green water), which evaporates, and thus determine what strategies should be promoted and implemented to mitigate the water footprint on cattle ranches.
In addition, Betanzos detailed that the BioPaSOS project has also carried out evaluations and monitoring of infiltration in different ranches and uses of livestock soils, in which good livestock practices and silvo-pastoral systems are implemented, contrasting them with data from ranches in which such activities are not carried out; this in order to generate information that can be used by decision makers in the territory.
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 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.
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Juan Edduardo Betanzos
Local Coordinator in Jalisco
Biodiversity and Sustainable Agro-silvopastoral Landscapes Project (BioPaSOS)