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Photo of two white cows--one has horns--in a green, grassy field.

Costa Rica works to reduce GHG emissions from livestock production.

August 2013

Livestock production accounts for 40% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from Costa Rica's agricultural sector.To identify cost-effective strategies to mitigate GHG emissions in the country from livestock production, the EC-LEDS program facilitates a public-private partnership among government, civil society, and the private sector.

This effort began with a workshop—co-sponsored by the EC-LEDS program  in conjunction with the local partner CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center)—on improving the sustainability of Costa Rica’s livestock industry. The workshop addressed the science, policies, and ongoing projects as well as technical and social issues related to increasing livestock productivity while mitigating future emissions. In addition, participants visited a CATIE model livestock farm to observe sustainable practices in action. Workshop stakeholders identified the key challenges and opportunities as well as near-term priorities for implementers and policymakers.

To identify and propose cost-effective mitigation technologies and management practices for livestock producers, CATIE is now analyzing data from Costa Rica’s largest dairy company, Dos Pinos. Key outcomes of this activity include:

  • Establishment of a new working group to discuss low emission development strategies in the livestock sector
  • A new Proyecto EC-LEDS website to highlight the results of the program
  • Hands-on training and technical assistance on “win-win” technologies and management practices for livestock producers.

Learn more about EC-LEDS program activities in Costa Rica.