Community-led Reforestation in Totonicapan Forest

May 24, 2013

Planting trees and building stoves

Showcasing reforestation techniques
Showcasing reforestation techniques

In Totonicapan, EcoLogic is harnessing the strong sense of community that exists in the beautiful northern Guatemala by coordinating with nearby schools and water committees to forest to keep the momentum moving forward on reforestation efforts. Recently nearly 80,000 plants have been reforested over 71 hectares of forest. EcoLogic has also helped to installed 40 fuel-efficient stoves in Totonicapan to alleviate pressure on the forest for fuel-wood. The news stoves require less wood than traditionally used open-pit fires. The forest is managed by the 48 Cantons, a generations-old and well-respected authority in the community. EcoLogic works with the 48 Cantons to put on educational workshops for youth and reforestation trainings for community volunteers. In recent years, EcoLogic has help build 8 greenhouses in the forest that can hold up to 17,000 saplings each of native tree species. During the rainy season in late summer, EcoLogic, 48 Cantons, and the community come together to transplant the trees to the forest - and conserve the land for future generations.


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Project Leader

Gina Rindfleisch

Cambridge, MA United States

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Map of Community-led Reforestation in Totonicapan Forest