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Assessment of applicable climate technologies for establishing baseline GHG emissions from cattle farming in Cuba


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Cuba’s extensive use of livestock farming and conventional agronomic practices have resulted in low productivity and extensive environmental damage, including soil degradation, deforestation, and biodiversity loss. The country is aiming to transform the current traditional production model into one incorporating low-emissions livestock farming that can reduce GHG emissions while adapting to climate variability.

The CTCN, with partners Viresco Solutions, Inc. and Anthesis Lovola, supported the development of an initial baseline estimate of Cuba’s livestock emissions and the GHG reduction potential of implementing more sustainable practices. The partners also identified the potential adaptation co-benefits of adopting climate-smart livestock management practices and are supporting the dissemination of lessons learned to local stakeholders, including researchers and local leaders, while supporting communications strategies to boost the further implementation of climate-smart management. Finally, a concept note for support from the GCF was developed for a project focused on improved climate-smart production in Cuba.

“The project developed a first approximation of GHG emissions from cattle ranching and climate change resilient practices, and led to the modeling of three scenarios with a low net contribution in emissions. These results will be included in the mitigation actions in policies, strategies and plans of the climate change program (NAMA, NDC, commitments to conventions) that the country will carry out in the coming years, for the benefit of public and private producers. We are very satisfied with the results generated within the framework of this project and are interested in continuing to work with the CTCN on any other collaboration that may arise from it” noted Dr. Armando Rodriguez Vice Minister, Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, Cuba.

This technology assistance advances:

Cuba’s Nationally Determined Contribution Cuba’s updated NDC (2020) prioritizes agriculture and energy for GHG emissions reductions. As the technical assistance is being used to provide an initial baseline estimate of emissions from the livestock sector, it can also be used to estimate Cuba’s GHG emissions more accurately for inclusion in further NDC updates.

For more information about this project, please visit here. 

Please read more case studies in the recent CTCN Progress Report here. 

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