PRODUCERS FROM CAQUETÁ IN COLOMBIA COMMIT TO CONSERVING AND RESTORING THEIR NATURAL LANDSCAPES AND TO IMPROVING THE SUSTAINABILITY OF THEIR LIVESTOCK RAISING SYSTEMS

Por : Miguel Antonio Romero

The Sustainable Amazonian Landscapes (SAL) project closed the year with a voluntary agreement with the producers who stand to benefit from the project for the conservation, protection, and restoration of forests and sources of water on their farms.

This “pact,” which includes 126 hectares in natural regeneration and 24 farms in silvopastoral systems, was signed on 15 December in Florencia, Caquetá. It was the closing of a week of exchange of experiences in silvopastoral systems between producers of Yurimaguas (Peru), who will also benefit from the project, and who visited the farms of the producers in Caquetá with these systems.

“This agreement was reached by “ecological exchange,” where the project supports the implementation of agrosilvopastoral systems with technical assistance and through a participatory process.” Antonio Solarte, Researcher, CIPAV Foundation

The event to disseminate the advances made by the project and acknowledge the agreements in conservation and sustainable land use assumed by the producers who will benefit from the project in Colombia saw the participation of various institutions of the region, such as municipal governments, research centers, producers associations, and regional committees, as well as the participation of the project partners in Caquetá, UNIAMAZ, CIPAV, and SINCHI, and all of the producers who will benefit from the project in Colombia, and some invited guests from Peru.

As indicated by Marcela Quintero, leader of CIAT’s Ecosystem Services team and project leader, the main objective of the event is:

“The exchange of experiences about how the process of adoption of more sustainable land use practices has gone, and thus show how the producers have made a commitment to do an ecological exchange where the project supports them in the incorporation of practices for more sustainable use in livestock raising, and they, in turn, commit to conserving the forested areas or to recovering zones that the producers have deforested.” Marcela Quintero, Leader of the Ecosystem Services team and Project Leader, CIAT...

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