Guatemala has one of the most extensive and diverse forest systems in Central America. Its name is said to mean "land of the trees" in the Mayan-Toltec language. Sadly, the country is losing these precious forests at a rapid rate. Because of its topography, Guatemala is susceptible to landslides, floods and other natural disasters. However, the biggest driver of deforestation has been population growth and economic disparity. With more than one million hectares of land that could be harnessed for reforestation, this project aims to bring back the healthy forests that have characterized the country since ancient times.
Our amazing partner in Guatemala reforests and restores landscapes by working with communities in the northwest region of Huehuetenango and the Pacific South Coast. By planting a combination of hardwood trees (long-term value) and cacao plants (short-term value), the project teaches local people how to diversify through agroforestry. Through workshops in planting, tending, processing forest products, and valuing local resources, we can empower communities with the knowledge and skills to become economically and environmentally sustainable.
A personalized tree certificate to say thanks for your donation. We’ll also send you updates on our Guatemala project, so you can track the impact your trees are having on the community and environment.
To maximize the impact of your donation, our partner will determine the most appropriate species of tree to plant, depending on the time of year. This project primarily focuses on planting exotic hardwoods and shade-dependent cacao plants.
Guatemala has the second highest biodiversity in Central America (after Costa Rica). The country is home to 1,246 known species of animals and 8,681 species of plants, of which 13.5 percent are not found anywhere else in the world.
Most forest loss in Guatemala has resulted from agriculture and fuelwood collection. Population pressures around protected areas have resulted in illegal timber harvesting and land clearing for agriculture, even inside national parks.
Creating a sustainable model for communities to harness their natural resources is essential to improving Guatemala’s forests and the country's social wellbeing. Our partner has spent many years working with indigenous communities to build their trust. Almost 700 hectares of biodiverse land around Laguna Brava has been protected with the help of such local communities. Empowering people to look after their own land in an economically and environmentally sustainable way is key to this project.
Planting valuable hardwoods and shade-dependent cacao provides a sustainable, diversified path to economic success and independence for local communities,
Forests are an essential part of our planet’s carbon and water cycles. A fully grown tree can release hundreds of liters of water in one day! Healthy trees absorb carbon dioxide and keep climate stable.
Guatemala is considered the 5th biodiversity hotspot in the world, with over 1200 known species of amphibians, birds, mammals, and reptiles. Healthy forests provide habitat for rare and endangered species.
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