About Us

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Our Mission

"Conserve the biological and cultural diversity of important ecosystems of Guatemala, through the sustainable use of natural resources with the active participation of society".

Our Vision

"To be an organization committed to the conservation of natural and cultural wealth, in harmony with sustainable human development in Guatemala".


Since 1983, Defensores has been committed to protecting the ecosystems of Guatemala putting us at the forefront of environmental organizations in Guatemala.

In 1990, Defensores became the first non-governmental organization in Latin America legally entrusted to manage a protected area: Sierra de las Minas Biosphere Reserve.

In 2010, Guatemala was included among the group of 19 mega-diverse countries of the world, emphasizing evermore the importance of our mission.

What we do

Defensores manages 4 protected areas in Guatemala: Sierra de las Minas Biosphere Reserve, Bocas del Polochic Wildlife Refuge, Sierra del Lacandón National Park and Naciones Unidas National Park. These protected areas, represent 5% of Guatemala´s territory. We also work on the creation and management of private and municipal protected reserves mainly in the Monte Espinoso Seco region of the Motagua Valley.

The areas Defensores manages are home to 80% of all the plant and animal species reported in Guatemala. At Defensores we also actively participate in regional conservation initiatives in Central and Latin America.

Crédito fotográfico Cyril Mischler

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