Taking Stock of Sustainable Livestock for REDD+ in Ecuador
On 29 July, Ecuador's Ministry of Environment (MAE), Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Aquaculture and Fishing (MAGAP), and the UN-REDD Programme convened a workshop on "Sustainable Livestock as a potential REDD+ activity in Ecuador."
The UN-REDD Programme invited Claudia Sepulveda, an international specialist from the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE in Spanish) in Costa Rica, to share experiences from Mexico, Colombia and Costa Rica on the inclusion of livestock as a REDD+ activity.
|Participants at the Sustainable Livestock as a potential REDD+ activity workshop in Ecuador.
MAGAP made a presentation on the activities currently taking place within the livestock sub-secretariat, and their linkages to the agenda for energy transformation in the Amazonian region.
Workshop participants included staff from both ministries, the Coordination Ministry for Production, Employment and Competitiveness; and the UN-REDD National Joint Programme.
The workshop advanced the objectives of the agreement made at the first meeting between MAE and MAGAP within the negotiations framework between Ecuador and the Norwegian and German governments on the issue of REDD Early Movers (REM), which aims to compensate climate change mitigation efforts.
Based on the success of the event, participants agreed to continue to meet and explore the inclusion of livestock as a REDD+ activity. The Coordinating Ministry for Production agreed to make a presentation on the Agenda for Production Transformation in Ecuador. The MAE will make a more detailed presentation on the REDD+ mechanism in the country. The MAGAP will provide details on the activities currently taken place in the livestock issue.