Train Forest Guards to Protect Guatemalan Forest

by EcoLogic Development Fund
Vetted
Jul 23, 2012

Pases en cadena on the road to conservation

EcoLogic tecnicos training forest guards.
EcoLogic tecnicos training forest guards.

Forest guards are working to protect and conserve over 85 hectares of land in Huehuetengango, Guatemala. EcoLogic helps train, educate, and promote the work of volunteer guards for the protection of precious forest resources. And, there is still more to be done! The city and municipality of Huehuetenango has over 32,750 hectares of community forests alone and over 200,000 people rely on the resources of this communal forest. EcoLogic is working with Northern Border Municipalities Alliance (MFN), emphasizing the importance of forest protection and conservation.

To strengthen the effectiveness of forest conservation, EcoLogic has teamed up with Heifer International Foundation to double our impact. In partnership with Heifer, the forest guard program has recently adopted the “pass on the gift” methodology, which means spreading the lessons we have learned together to other villages, communities, provinces, and countries.

EcoLogic is holding ongoing training sessions on leadership, soil conservation, and forestry management as part of the project to spread the word. So far this year we have trained 73 forest guards in three communities, bringing the total number of guards to 276.

With your support – and the continued interest of the community - we will be able to recruit and train more guards and ensure greater protection of the forest! 

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EcoLogic Development Fund

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

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