IMG_2646This section illustrates conservation in action. Friends for Conservation and Development, a non-profit in Belize, has taken the first step towards tackling the threats to the Chiquibul. They are working towards conservation and collaboration between Guatemala and Belize through environmental education, environmental security,sustainable agriculture, research and monitoring, and carbon offsets. In 2014, Belize and Guatemala signed bi-lateral agreements allowing both countries to work cooperatively and effectively provide and implement solutions to improve Guatemalan livelihoods and maintain the integrity of the Chiquibul.

Learning Objectives

After reading about the Solutions, students will be able to:

  1. Describe solutions to threats in Tropical Systems such as environmental security, sustainable agriculture, carbon offsets, research and monitoring, environmental education, and ecotourism.
  2. Understand how one non-profit, Friend for Conservation and Development, is spearheading all the solutions in the Chiquibul National Park.
  3. Explain the importance of cooperation between Belize and Guatemala.
  4. Appreciate the importance of environmental security in the Chiquibul Forest, how it is carried out, and the challenges FCD has encountered.
  5. Learn about a sustainable agriculture program in a bordering reserve, the Vaca Reserve, and understand how this program can be implemented in the Chiquibul National Park.
  6. Define what carbon offsets are and describe how they can be used to encourage reforestation, generate funds for the protection of the park, and help mitigate climate change.
  7. Learn about the importance of research and monitoring in conservation and what research and monitoring programs are undergoing in the Chiquibul.
  8. Understand how mapping, GIS, and remote sensing can help monitor illegal logging and deforestation due to slash and burn agriculture.
  9. Describe the importance of environmental education and awareness in both children and locals but more importantly in Guatemalan youth.
  10. Learn about FCD’s ecotourism program in addition to other programs and understand how ecotourism can aid in conservation by generating funds and educating visitors.