Sierra de las Minas Biosphere Reserve

Forests and water for life and development

Location: Alta Verapaz, Baja Verapaz, El Progreso, Zacapa e Izabal.

Sierra de las Minas is a gem of biodiversity due to its wide range of elevation, spanning from 33 to 9,875 feet (10 to 3,010 meters) above sea level. With such natural wealth, it comes as no surprise that the Sierra is one of the internationally recognized biosphere reserves in UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere program.

Under Defensores de la Naturaleza management since 1990, the biosphere is home to at least 575 species of birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles. It covers an area of 600,000 acres (2,426 km2). The mountain range is home to the headwaters of over 63 different rivers, bringing clean water to people and wildlife.

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Fauna species

500

Flora species

Communities

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irreplaceable seed resource

Approximately 280,000 people live within the Reserve boundaries and depend on its goods and ecosystem services. Since the 1990s, we have engaged the communities in conservation education and sustainable agricultural activities.

Also, the Sierra is an irreplaceable seed resource for reforestation and agroforestry throughout the tropics. Approximately 280,000 people live within the Reserve boundaries and depend on its goods and ecosystem services. Since the 1990s, we have engaged the communities in conservation education and sustainable agricultural activities.

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