Restore and Protect Forests in Guatemala

by EcoLogic Development Fund
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Restore and Protect Forests in Guatemala
Restore and Protect Forests in Guatemala
Restore and Protect Forests in Guatemala
Restore and Protect Forests in Guatemala
Restore and Protect Forests in Guatemala
Restore and Protect Forests in Guatemala
Restore and Protect Forests in Guatemala
Restore and Protect Forests in Guatemala
Restore and Protect Forests in Guatemala
Restore and Protect Forests in Guatemala
Restore and Protect Forests in Guatemala
Restore and Protect Forests in Guatemala
Restore and Protect Forests in Guatemala
Restore and Protect Forests in Guatemala
Restore and Protect Forests in Guatemala
Conducting forest inventory with community brigade
Conducting forest inventory with community brigade

Dear GlobalGiving Supporters,

I hope you’re doing well! We’ve been busy over the last few months supporting our local partners in Guatemala to protect and conserve forests. I’m excited to share these updates with you. Your contribution has enabled EcoLogic to:

  • Secure the protection of 22.5 hectares of mangroves by working with communities in Sarstún, Guatemala to develop a management plan and help them secure long-term lease agreements for their land. Rebecca, a community leader in this project site shared with us, “As a community, we are deeply grateful for the work EcoLogic has done side-by-side with us to achieve this. It is so important to us. We had pursued it on our own unsuccessfully for so many years. Little by little our dream has come true. We hope to continue working hand in hand with you for the benefit of our communities. We’re here to continue moving forward together.”
  • Continue to advance our commitment to Indigenous youth and the next generation of forest guardians. This past August and September, we carried out four workshops in collaboration with the Creative Action Institute to train 20 teachers and 30 young people in creative advocacy using an arts-based methodology to generate solutions to environmental problems within the territory of Totonicapán.

These are just a few recent highlights of the impact you’ve made possible. As the year-end approaches, we continue to work to meet the goals we’ve set with our partner organizations and respond to the needs that the climate crisis makes more and more urgent each day.

It is donors like you who drive our mission. Without you, the impact we have on rural and Indigenous communities in Mexico and Central America would not be possible. 

On behalf of all of us at EcoLogic, thank you for being a part of our team! You are an essential part of our mission. If you would like more information on any of the areas mentioned above, don’t hesitate to reach out to me at mdeleon@ecologic.org. 

In solidarity,

Mario Ardany de Leon

Program Officer, Guatemala

Getting ready for mangrove conservation plan
Getting ready for mangrove conservation plan
Youth learning about their forets and environment
Youth learning about their forets and environment
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Trees being distributed for reforestation
Trees being distributed for reforestation

Dear GlobalGiving Supporters,

I hope you’re doing well! We’ve been busy over the last few months supporting our local partners in Guatemala to protect and conserve forests. I’m excited to share these updates with you:

  • In our work in Totonicapán, Guatemala, our local partner recently launched the 2022 reforestation campaign, where community volunteers and associations lead the way in planting 115,000 trees grown in the greenhouses of the 48 Cantones’ over the last year.
  • In our work in Ixcán, Guatemala, we are currently working with 25 farmers to help them reduce slash-and-burn agriculture by establishing diversified agroforestry parcels over 40 hectares including Inga edulis, cardamom, and mahogany. In addition, we are supporting the farmers to develop management plans that will allow them to receive incentive payments from the PROBOSQUE program.
  • On World Rainforest Day, EcoLogic collaborated with Creative Action Institute to host a discussion on the use of art and creative approaches in conservation. The presentation –  Leveraging Art to Advocate for Forests – highlighted three of Creative Action Institute’s partners and how they have implemented creative workshops, projects, and initiatives to foster a new culture and awareness around sustainability and forest protection.

With help from people like you, EcoLogic can continue growing its mission and serving local communities to conserve and restore forests in ways that support and improve local livelihoods. 

On behalf of all of us at EcoLogic, thank you again for your generous support of our organization. Your support makes our work possible.  

In solidarity,

Mario Ardany de Leon

EcoLogic Program Officer, Guatemala

Trees being distributed for reforestation
Trees being distributed for reforestation
Ceremony to launch reforestation campaign
Ceremony to launch reforestation campaign
Launch of youth reforestation campaign
Launch of youth reforestation campaign
Community tree nurseries
Community tree nurseries
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Dear GlobalGiving Supporters,

I have a special message for you from our tree nursery technicians in Guatemala:

“We have already prepared about 16,000 plants in this greenhouse. The process includes, first, planting the seeds. After that, doing the transplant so only one seedling remains in each spot on the tray.

In about 6 months these will be ready to be planted in the ground. The process is to fertilize, water them, and remove the weeds.

We thank YOU for all the support you provide in procuring materials, our payments, and all that support. Thanks to you we have all these trees we see here. And also, thanks to you we’re able to reforest and many people depend on these greenhouses and on the plants they produce.

Thank you to the organization and keep supporting us!”

New seedlings are now growing for the 2023 planting season. We’ve included some photos below. I look forward to keeping you updated on our progress and thank you for your support! We are grateful that you are part of our community and that you have supported us during this journey.

In solidarity,

Mario Ardany de Leon, Program Officer, Guatemala

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Mangroves in Sarstun
Mangroves in Sarstun

Dear GlobalGiving Supporters,

As the world’s leaders and other stakeholders converge in Glasgow where the UN climate conference COP26 is taking place--everything is on the line. In the face of the global climate crisis, already-vulnerable rural and Indigenous communities in Mexico and Central America are leading the way.

I am proud to work with them day in and day out to support our shared objective to conserve and restore forests in ways that support and improve local livelihoods.

Restoring mangrove ecosystems to support rural communities

Mangrove forests are precious biodiversity hotspots and are essential for human well-being. They provide a habitat to many species: algae, fishes, birds, shellfish, and turtles - to name a few. They can store up to five times more carbon dioxide than an equal area of rainforest. In a nutshell, they are fundamental to fighting climate change and preserving the local ecosystem. In addition, mangroves stabilize shorelines, preventing erosion and protecting the land from storms. They provide rural communities with food and wood used for commercial purposes too. These plants have medicinal properties and can also be used to produce corks, dyes, soap alternatives, synthetic fibers, cosmetics.

With a population of around 4,900 people whose primary economic support is farming and fishing, the Municipality of Livingston has a poverty rate of 90% for its rural population. Working with community members and local partners like MarFund, MAR2R, and APROSARSTUN, our team is providing access to economic alternatives - such as access to forestry incentives and sustainable use of forests - that tackle poverty and deforestation. 

Art for environmental education

Recently, our team organized an art workshop to teach young students the relation between healthy mangrove ecosystems and improved livelihoods. The workshop also focused on how to protect and restore forests by using natural resources sustainably.

Through environment education, we aim to build long-lasting knowledge among youth that can ensure that generations to come also benefit from the resources these forests provide. I look forward to keeping you updated on our progress and thank you for your support! We are grateful that you are part of our community and that you have supported us during this journey.

In solidarity,

Mario Ardany de Leon, Program Officer, Guatemala

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Dear GlobalGiving Supporters,

I hope you are doing well and staying healthy! We are so grateful for your support. Truly, it means so much. I wanted to share with you a few recent updates.

In late May 2021 our partner, the 48 Cantones Natural Resource Committee of Totonicapán, began the campaign to distribute ~130,000 seedlings grown in the greenhouses to community groups, schools, and others in order to plant the trees that were ready. This was all done following safety protocols and wearing masks. The reforestation sites were prioritized based on the degree of degradation and importance to water source protection. The process continues through August and has received recognition from the local press.

In addition, community monitoring brigades have continued to go into the forest on a monthly basis to detect and take action against any illegal logging or other incursions into the forest. They actively collaborate with local natural resource authorities in order to document infractions that they encounter and assess fines or penalties and confiscate logging equipment. 

In the Sarstun region, we are working with two communities to develop management plans for mangrove and coastal tropical forests for purposes of conservation. This has included the delimitation and georeferencing of 19.35 hectares of tropical forest owned by the Fishermen's Committee. This management plan will be submitted to the PROBOSQUE program to secure forestry incentives for the community. Georeferencing was carried out and 9 sampling plots of 1,000 square meters each were established to calculate the basal areas and the diameter at breast height of the trees within the conservation area. This entailed a multi-day trek on foot and boat to properly delimit and conduct the forest inventory.

With these plans and capacity-building in place, the communities will be able to continue to conserve their forests in the long term. I look forward to keeping you updated on our progress and thank you for your support! We are grateful that you are part of our community and that you have supported us during this journey.

In solidarity,

Mario Ardany de Leon, Program Officer, Guatemala

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EcoLogic Development Fund

Location: Cambridge, MA - USA
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Barbara Vallarino
Cambridge, MA United States
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