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.
This project is one of several UNDP Targeted Scenario Analyses (TSAs) being implemented by CSF. TSAs are designed to “capture and present the value of ecosystem services within decision making, to help make the business case for sustainable policy and investment choices.” (1)
Read about the TSAs we are currently implementing or have completed in Ecuador, Liberia and Paraguay.
Photo: Cattle in Colombia
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