Mainstreaming Proven EbA Solutions with Small-Scale Cattle Ranches to Increase the Resilience of Livestock Supply Chain in Northeast Mexico

Implemented by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Mexico


By replicating a portfolio of adaptation measures – both ecosystem-based and conventional – this project supports small-scale cattle ranchers, reducing their vulnerability to diverse climate change impacts in two protected areas in Coahuila, in arid Northeast Mexico. Building on an ongoing participatory and multi-stakeholder effort to implement an ecosystem-based approach in the cattle supply chain, this project mainstreams the business case for EbA across cattle ranches, meat producer groups, and the livestock production chain. WWF Mexico and partners aim to adapt and scale up an approach to support vulnerable small-scale cattle ranchers from ejidos (communal property entities). The focus links small producers with a strong and consolidated producers’ group, removing barriers that have prevented them from adopting the EbA approach, thus increasing the resilience of the whole supply chain.

Project start date: March 2022

Duration: 18 months

Cohort: 1st (April 2021 cutoff)

Award: US$183,557

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Project Status

The project has strengthened the capacities of small-scale ranchers from three ejidos in two Protected Areas (Northern Coahuila) regarding Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) approaches, and now they are aware of their vulnerabilities to climate change hazards and how they can better face these adverse impacts.  The project is currently working with four small-scale ranchers and their families, who are now implementing at least two EbA measures on their lands. The EbA measures selected are: rotational livestock grazing, seed banks and conservation areas. To promote the monitoring of the EbA measures and their results, the project has developed a Monitoring and Evaluation system (M&E) made in a digital platform that allows ranchers to report progress on the implementation of these measures. 

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