Sustainable Bovine Livestock

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Sector Agriculture
Focus area Livestock
Type of action Strategy/Policy
Scope National
Stage Under development
Submitted to UNFCCC registry Yes
Start of initiative 2011
Financing and support details
Financing status Seeking financing
Total cost US$ 900 mln
Financing requested US$ 0.5 mln
Financing received to-date
(no data)
Principal source of financing Not known
Principal type of financing Grant
Capacity building required Yes
Technology transfer required Yes
Additional information
Proponent(s) Minitry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Colombia (Ministerio de Agricultura y Desarrollo Rural de Colombia)
International funder(s) UNDP LECB programme, MAPS programme
Organization providing technical support FEDEGAN, CIAT, CIPAV and GASA
Contact Nelson Enrique Lozano Castro

The objective of the NAMA is to diminish the GHG emissions generated in cattle production and increase the carbon sinks of the pasture agro-ecosystems, through an environmental and productive management system at a regional level, promoting conservation and/or restoration of natural ecosystems, encouraging sustainable productive landscapes through the harmonization of the different public policy tools.

Activities: (2016 - 2017)
The specific goals of the NAMA are to:

  • intensify the cattle raising production by implementing intensive and non-intensive silvopastoral systems, and efficient management of the productive system
  • earmark areas in the cattle farms for conservation and/or restoration of natural ecosystems
  • improve manure management and utilization of the methane gas generated in the sacrifice lots

In a 15 year period of implementing the project, NAMA expects to implement:

  • 1’250.000 ha of Silvopastoral Systems
  • 370.000 ha of Intensive Silvopastoral Systems
  • 2’200.000 ha intervene with eco-efficient management of improved foliage
  • 2’000.000 ha restored in bovine livestock grounds
  • 4’000.000 ha freed in other sustainable uses

It also expects to avoid deforestation of 2’500.000 ha of forest and benefit 200.000 families across 15 departments in the country.

Impact and MRV

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Cumulative GHG reductions: No data available
Mitigative capacity:

No information has been provided on mitigative capacity


Social: * Ease formalisation of workers
  • Reduction of poverty
  • Food security
  • Increase of technical capability of bovine livestock
  • Cobenefits of adaptation to climate change
  • Reduce land use conflicts
Economic: * Improvements in the bovine livestock production returns
  • Improve the competitiveness of the sector
  • Increase of income
  • Reduce supply costs
  • Reduce the climate variability risk
Environmental: * Improvements in hydrological cycles
  • Soil conservation
  • Biodiversity protection

MRV Framework:
No MRV plan has been defined

Costs for the preparation of the NAMA are $500,000. The financial support could be provided for a complete GHG baseline and projected scenarios, the MRV process and the financial component of the NAMA. There is also need to strengthen investigations in order to reduce GHG manure management and utilisation of the methane gas generated in slaughterhouse, to scale the NAMA activities among all geographic zones where cattler ranchs are settled in Colombia. The Project has received technical support from CIPAV and the Colombian Sustainable Livestock Project, a GEF project lead by FEDEGAN (National Federation of Cattle Ranchers). Additionally the NAMAs Information Note has been designed with the support of the Colombian Low Carbon Development Strategy, as part of the UNDP's LECB programme and MAPS programme.