Sustainable Land-Use Systems to foster simultaneously climate change mitigation, forest conservation, and Colombian peacebuilding goals
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Sustainable Land-Use Systems to foster simultaneously climate change mitigation, forest conservation, and Colombian peacebuilding goals

Tue, July 12, 14:00 - 16:00, Room: Secretaría

Organizer(s):

Lisset Perez, Martha Vaengas

This symposium presents research on the potential of land-use interventions to achieve peacebuilding and environmental conservation objectives in rural areas of Colombia emerging from conflict and experiencing deforestation. We study how SLUS contributes to Colombia's REDD+, NDCs and peacebuilding processes and explain how they can be tailored to specific contexts.

This symposium presents research on the potential of land-use interventions to achieve peacebuilding and environmental conservation objectives in rural areas of Colombia emerging from conflict and experiencing deforestation. We analyze how peacebuilding is fostered through agricultural interventions that reduce land-based Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, conserve forests, restore degraded landscapes, and improve rural livelihoods. We explain why Sustainable Land-Use Systems (SLUS) for cocoa cropping systems and cattle production systems are expected to contribute to Colombia's REDD+, NDCs and peacebuilding processes and explain how they can be tailored to specific contexts. Results are presented from case studies of smallholders in priority areas for landscape restoration and carbon sequestration located in territories affected by the armed conflict. Our results suggest that SLUS are promising approaches for addressing climate change, taking mitigation measures, improving ecological conditions and rural livelihoods, and creating collaboration between diverse actors. This is particularly important in regions emerging from conflict, where land-use practices can involve the production of illicit crops, livelihoods are vulnerable, and control and assistance by authorities are hindered and where land tenure system is constricted (e.g., Land speculation, land grabbing, land dispossession). Through this research, we explore the different ways SLUS can contribute to positive peacebuilding. This includes (1) diversification of livelihoods and knowledge networking, which can help alleviate poverty and build resilience to climate shocks; (2) reduction of pollution and land degradation, which can ameliorate environmental violence; (3) Increase yields, on-farm jobs, and farm income, which can improve the agricultural production effectiveness. The results could apply to similar areas globally where there are vulnerable households producing crops used for illicit trade.


Measuring the contribution of Sustainable Land Use Systems (SLUS) to Climate mitigation and Peacebuilding
Hector Morales Munoz* and Lisset Perez

Assessing contributions to land-based climate action and peacebuilding from interventions in sustainable agriculture in conflict affected areas
Lisset Perez*

Best management practices in Sustainable land-use systems to reduce GHG emission of cocoa cropping production in Colombia
Miguel Romero Sanchez*, Marcela Quintero, Augusto Castro-Nunez and Marcos Lana

A rapid approach for informing the prioritization of degraded agricultural lands for ecological recovery: A case study for Colombia
Janelle Sylvester*, Jefferson Valencia, Louis Verchot, Ngonidzashe Chirinda, Miguel Romero Sanchez and Augusto Castro-Nunez

The cocoa sustainable business model for fostering climate change mitigation and peacebuilding in Colombia
Martha Del Rio Duque*, Michelle Bonatti, Leidy Rodríguez Torres, Martha Vaengas Cubillos, Augusto Castro-Nunez and Stefan Sieber

Exploring the linkages between sustainable land-use systems and knowledge networks: the case of cacao agroforestry systems in two Colombian regions
Leidy Rodríguez Torres*, Michelle Bonatti, Martha Del Rio Duque, Katharina Löhr, Augusto Castro-Nunez and Stefan Sieber

Presentations