Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere Reserve shows how forest communities can fight deforestation

A number of reports from prominent non-governmental organizations, including World Resources Institute and the Center for International Forestry Research, have found that forest communities and indigenous forest people are good at protecting the forests they live in, provided they are given the collective right to do so. Protecting forests is not only important for conserving biodiversity, but is also a key means of mitigating climate change. What happens in these communities has relevance to anyone affected by global warming—which is all of us.


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