Cattle ranching plays a key role in the ongoing expansive deforestation taking place in the Amazon region of Colombia. Deforestation within two municipalities, La Macarena and San Vicente del Caguán, currently accounts for a disproportionately large percentage of all deforestation nationwide. With low productivity management systems of slash and burn ranching, large areas of forest are being appropriated and converted to ranching land. As a result, sustainable land use management within these municipalities is considered vital to addressing the threats posed by cattle ranching.
Within the project ‘Amazonía Sostenible para la Paz’ (Sustainable Amazon for Peace) led by UNDP Colombia, CSF is conducting a study to understand the economic impacts of implementing sustainable cattle ranching practices in the region. Through scenario modeling and projections of financial costs and environmental impacts, this study aims to identify and offer financially viable and scalable solutions for cattle ranching practices in the region.
Learn more about UNDP's TSA approach and the official TSA summary here.
Photo: Cattle in Colombia
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