Train Forest Guards to Protect Guatemalan Forest

by EcoLogic Development Fund

Summary

EcoLogic trains forest guards to protect the community forests of Huehuetenago, Guatemala, through patrols and the promotion of community education for sound forest management practices. Through this project EcoLogic is helping conserve and restore forests in microwatershed areas with the goal of preserving biodiversity and protecting water sources.
$10,000
total goal
$9,683
remaining
9
donors
0
monthly donors
4
years active

Challenge

Huehuetenango has a total of 32,750 acres of community forests that house the highest levels of native plant species in Guatemala. Situated on the northern slope of the Cuchumatanes mountain range, it also contains four watersheds, which comprise about 75% of the area, providing water for over 200,000 people. There is significant pressure on forests from deforestation caused by the local population, illegal loggers, and the advance of the agricultural frontier.

Solution

EcoLogic works closely with the local seven municipalities in the Department of Huehuetenango known as the Northern Border Municipalities Alliance (MFN), a coalition of these municipalities initiated by their mayors. The MFN has the greatest remaining forest cover, highest level of indigenous species, and the most important biodiversity of the northern slope of the Cuchumatanes mountain range. Additionally, there are four watersheds that comprise about 75% of the area.

Long-Term Impact

EcoLogic works with poor, rural communities to help them become better environmental stewards in order to save their forests and water and improve their living conditions. We put local people in charge of projects, providing them with the tools they need to sustainably manage their natural resources. To date, EcoLogic has helped over 700 communities in Latin America to improve their well-being and become stewards of their land.

Resources

http:/​/​www.ecologic.org
"Indigenous Peoples for Thriving Ecosystems"
2013 Annual Report
Check out EcoLogic's eNews!
EcoLogic's projects in Central America and Mexico

Organization Information

EcoLogic Development Fund

Location: Cambridge, MA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.ecologic.org
Project Leader:
Alexa Piacenza
Program Associate
Cambridge, MA United States