Ambassador Luis Arreaga and Director John Beed of USAID Guatemala visited an area of forest concessions in Uaxactún to learn how this conservation model has impacted the protection of natural and cultural resources, as well as the prosperity and security of their communities.
Forest concessions are successful models for the conservation of biodiversity through the sustainable use of resources. In 19 years it is reported the preservation of at least 500,000 hectares of tropical forest, a 4th part of the Maya Biosphere Reserve.
The Ambassador had the opportunity to share with members of communities participating in the forest conservation model, who explained how they are conserving tropical forests while obtaining sustainable means of life and improving the security of the area.
The Community Forest Model represents the most important conservation policy for Guatemala by maintaining 70% of the Maya Biosphere Reserve in good condition.