Lowland and inundated forests have a unique ecological role and importance for biodiversity as they link ecological niches across the region. Without them, Guatemala’s protected areas would be little more than ‘biological islands’ – the protected mountaintops where most of the region’s protected areas have been declared.
Projects in Guatemala
Laguna Grande Sarstún
Sierra Santa Cruz
Yal Unin Yul Witz
Carbon offsetting in Guatemala
The REDD+ project for Caribbean Guatemala: The Conservation Coast, is now part of World Land Trust’s Carbon Balanced portfolio. The project was developed by World Land Trust’s Guatemalan partner FUNDAECO, in partnership with Althelia Climate Fund.
The project aims to protect approximately 316,000 acres of tropical rainforest and other habitats to prevent the area from being cleared to make way for cropland and pasture.
While locking up carbon, the project will also ensure a safe environment for a wealth of Central American wildlife, such as Baird’s Tapir, Jaguar and West Indian Manatee.
Supporting this project will also have a positive impact on local communities. FUNDAECO has developed eco-tourism programmes run by local people, opened clinics specialising in women’s health and improved the sustainability of livelihoods such as fishing and agriculture.