Forest Fires are one of the greatest threats in the Sierra de las Minas Biosphere Reserve, especially in the sub-basins of the Pasabién and Teculután rivers.
Therefore, fire prevention and control contributes to the maintenance of the ecosystems in the protected area.
The project “Prevention and control of forest fires in the Pasabién sub-basin” began in early 2016, when Defensores de la Naturaleza, WWF Guatemala / Mesoamerica, ABASA and Los Volcanes signed a five-year cooperation agreement to protect 350 hectares of forest in the basins of Pasabién and Teculután, Zacapa.
To date, we have the following results:
- In 2016, 200 hectares of forest were protected in the core area and water recharge area of the Pasabién river sub-basin.
- In 2017, a total of 400 hectares were protected through fire prevention and control in the sub-basin of the river Pasabién.
So far, prevention activities and fire control have been succssesful; reducing the number of hectares burned in the Pasabién sub-basin.
Due to the project’s success in the Pasabién basin, it has been recognized as the model to follow within the conservation projects of The Coca-Cola Company.
ABASA has taken on the challenge to maintain the established 400 hectares of protection and is committed to add 25 hectares of controlled area every passing year, until 2020.
ABASA’s commitment aims to increase the sustainability of operations as well as to support environmental education and governance in the Pasabién river sub-basin, specifically through the implementation of an integrated management plan for the basin.