The story of deforestation in Guatemala

The story of deforestation in Guatemala is a complicated one, and as with deforestation generally, the causes lie in intricate systems of inequality, poverty and globalisation. Guatemala has seen some of the highest rates of deforestation in the Americas, caused predominantly by the conversion of forests into cropland and cattle pastures. From 2001 to 2019,…

An interview with Clementina

Meet Clementina Estrella Odicio, local artisan and member of the Yamino Native Community, part of the Cordillera Azul National Park REDD+ project. Cordillera Azul is situated in Peru’s high forest between the Andes and the Amazon Basin, a region of mountainous cloud forests and lush Amazonian lowlands. The park spans nearly 1.6 million hectares and…

Resilience in the eye of the storm

How the Guatemalan Conservation Coast project faced the worst Hurricane season on record 2020 was a record-breaking year in more ways than one. For Central America, 2020 was a year of extreme challenges. Not only did the COVID-19 pandemic throw the region into economic crisis, Central America also felt the devastating effects of the most…

Forest Hero: Mayra, who was free to dream

In 2017, Guatemala outlawed child marriage. Yet still, 1,500 underage girls marry every day. By the age of 18, almost 30% of women in Guatemala are already married. Mayra Pop was one of them. Mayra Pop is from the village of China Cadenas in the Guatemalan region of Izabal, where the Guatemalan Conservation Coast project…

A home for the Manatee on the Conservation Coast

The Conservation Coast project in Guatemala is located in the species-rich Izabal region which runs along the country’s Caribbean coast. It is considered a centre of endemism, as it contains numerous species native only to this area, and harbours an important number of species classified as threatened by the IUCN. One of these, is the…

Biodiversity on the Guatemalan Conservation Coast

Our project on the Guatemalan Conservation Coast is special for a lot of reasons. It’s the world’s largest grouped forest carbon project, made up of hundreds of diverse landowners who have joined to protect almost 60,000 hectares of forest. It’s also a thriving eco-tourism hub, where tourism sites throughout the project area are helping to…

What is cacao agroforestry?

Yes, we all love chocolate, but did you know cacao farming to produce these sweet treats is one of the drivers of deforestation in South America? Cacao farming is not only accelerating the decline of tree cover across the world but driving soil degradation and biodiversity loss as a result of monocultures where land is…