The AMBIO Cooperative, in conjunction with the Sumidero Canyon National Park, the Fund for the Conservation El Triunfo and Ecology, Sustainability and Innovation (ESI), carried out an exchange of experiences in silvopastoral systems, called "From smallholder to smallholder", in "Los Ángeles" camp, inside the La Sepultura Biosphere Reserve, in the municipality of Villaflores.
Thirty smallholders from the ejidos Triunfo Agrarista and Libertad Campesina located in the Sumidero Canyon National Park and Nicolas Bravo, in the El Ocote Jungle Biosphere Reserve, participated to learn about silvopastoral management with low emissions. The objective of the event was to present to the participants the experience of sustainable livestock that is found in this area, by the use of fodder trees, solar electric fences and improved pastures. This system can multiply the gains, compared to a traditional livestock system.
Throughout this process, it is possible to recover diverse ecosystem services linked to forests, such as the recovery of watersheds and groundwater, enriched soils, benefits to the local climate, and at the same time, it contributes to mitigate the effects of climate change . Also, the hosts showed the advance they have in the elaboration of artisan cheese, highlighting how this industry has great economical potential and it can sum to the standards of sustainable forest management.