Peru is the second country with the largest area of tropical forests in Latin America. In this country, tropical livestock is an emerging productive sector but with great growth potential based on free deforestation, silvopastoral systems, and other attributes of origin.

According to the analysis of GHG emissions of Peru published by the Ministry of the Environment in 2019, the enteric fermentation emissions that are generated during the digestion of ruminants, the livestock sector represents 35.5 percent of the agricultural sector's emissions.

In face of this scenario, the reconversion of the tropical livestock sector in Peru requires projects that contribute to the generation of positive conditions at the productive level, knowledge management, and the development of multi-stakeholder spaces.

The project “Fostering deforestation-free cattle ranching in Madre de Dios, Peru from policy design to field implementation” began in June 2021 and is funded by the UK PACT Green Recovery Fund and implemented by The Climate Group, WWF UK and WWF Peru, and the Tropical Forest Alliance (the latter two are members of the Coalition for Sustainable Production).

The project has a focus on Madre de Dios, Peru. This territory has recently updated its public strategic planning based on the low-emission rural development and decarbonization approach. The UK PACT Green Recovery Fund project contributes to the second stage of actions' implementation, through an articulated work to strengthen capacities in the management of the livestock sector with local entities such as the Livestock Technical Board, livestock producers, the Regional Government of Madre de Dios and the Ministry of Agrarian Development and Irrigation of Peru.

The project has three components, the first related to capacity building; the second related to knowledge management, and the third, focused on the generation of conditions for market development and financing.

The Tropical Forest Alliance, through the platform of the Coalition for Sustainable Production, will work on knowledge management, laying the foundations for a deforestation-free and regenerative livestock working group. Specifically, a community of practice committed to deforestation-free livestock farming will be organized at the regional and national levels. Likewise, technical studies will be carried out on market opportunities, sustainable livestock business models, and financing instruments suitable for the sector.

“For further information, please contact Daniel Coronel, TFA Peru Coordinator,”.

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