Bosques Project

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Project Data:

Country: Guatemala

Implementation Organizations:
OroVerde
• Fundación del Bosque Tropical
Defensores de la Naturaleza (FDN)
Heifer International Guatemala

Partner Institutions:
• Ministerio de Agricultura, Ganadería y Alimentación (MAGA)
• Instituto Nacional de Bosques (INAB)
• Consejo Nacional de Áreas Protegidas (CONAP)

Project Duration: 2015 until 2020.

Initial Situation

The loss of the forest and its biological diversity, mainly due to the change in land use, is one of the most important environmental challenge in Guatemala,.

Currently state programs that promote the protection and restoration of forests are available, however the state funds available for the recovery of large-scale forests are insufficient. Moreover, there is a lack of a business model, strategies and a concrete criteria to facilitate access to new sources of financing that would contribute to ensuring the conservation of biological diversity and the participation of communities.

Project Place

The project is implemented in three protected areas in Guatemala:
• Sierra del Lacandón National Park (SLNP)
• Bocas del Polochic Wildlife Refuge (BPWR)
• Sierra de las Minas Biosphere Reserve (SMBR)

Target Group
The direct beneficiaries of the project are approximately 2,000 families in communities in rural regions with high poverty rates within and around the protected areas. The project activities aim to diversify career opportunities, promote local development, conserve natural resources and contribute to the mitigation of climate change.

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