The Challenge

The rapid expansion in production and consumption of animal products is increasing environmental issues related to the livestock sector worldwide. Colombia is aware of the substantial impact of livestock on the environment and is moving towards appropriate mitigation actions to reduce emissions. However, addressing mitigation actions requires knowledge, scientific evidence, financing, and capacity building.

CIAT’s Role

CIAT co-authored a document to identify mitigation actions feasible under specific conditions of livestock production areas in Colombia, estimating physical and financial requirements for design and implementation of the Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA). CIAT’s Forages team supported the Colombian Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development by providing estimates on the mitigation potential of technical alternatives related to pasture-based production systems in different agroecosystems. CIAT and partners provided data on carbons stocks and emissions from intensive silvopastoral systems.

What has changed?

The government of Colombia registered to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) a NAMA Information Note (NINO). This is the first step towards leveraging financing for the NAMA for sustainable livestock management in Colombia. The NINO proposes the implementation of silvopastoral systems, intensive silvopastoral systems and eco-efficient practices (improved pastures) in conventional pastoral systems.



Michael Peters

Michael Peters

Program Leader, Tropical Forages

Andrew Jarvis

Andrew Jarvis

Decision and Policy Analysis Research Area Director

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