Our Conservation Coast project in the Guatemalan Caribbean protects forests which are a critical migratory corridor for biodiversity, including hundreds of bird species, connecting North and South America.

The project is the world’s largest grouped forest-based carbon project; hundreds of diverse landowners (including governmental, NGO, private and community) have joined to protect 675 parcels of forest making up a total of 54,157 hectares. A truly landscape-scale and community-based project. Activities on the ground to develop sustainable livelihoods include working with local farmers on technical assistance, agriculture inputs and route to market for a variety of sustainably produced commodities such as spices and jungle leaves, as well as developing this beautiful coastline into a thriving eco-tourism hub. The project is critical to local water supply, as municipal water comes from the watershed protected by our project. In addition, protecting forests along coastlines also can help in coastal defence and disaster risk reduction for local communities.

This project is implemented on the ground by the Guatemalan NGO, Fundaeco.

Measurable impacts

We track eight impact areas across this project. Here are the project’s impacts to date:

CLIMATE

Almost 5.3 million tonnes of CO2 emissions avoided

ECOSYSTEMS

54,157 hectares of threatened forest protected

SPECIES

30 threatened species protected, including the Baird’s tapir and West Indian manatee

LIVELIHOOD

487 jobs created or supported

INCLUSIVITY

24% of jobs held by women

SUSTAINABLE ENTERPRISE

3 sustainable businesses supported, such as an ecotourism travel hub

FAIR ECONOMIC RETURN

€8.4m contributed to local economy

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SUSTAINABLE COMMODITIES

Cardamom, xate (jungle leaf), pepper, rambutan, lychee, cinnamon, timber and ecotourism

Sustainable Development Goals

The Conservation Coast project helps to achieve a number of the UN Sustainable Development Goals:

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