Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable agriculture allows access to resources and promotes economic development while conserving the land and resources for long-term use and availability. The key to the success of sustainable agriculture is community participation and involvement. In order to sustain forests, poor rural communities need access to natural resources but have to be trained in sustainable practices. While sustainable agriculture has not yet been implemented in the Chiquibul National Park, it has been in the Vaca Forest Reserve, which borders the Chiquibul National Park. Through the use of apiculture, agroecological methods, reforestation, a land management program, and training workshops, farmers can stop the practice of milpa farming yet continue sustaining their family. This stewardship program ensures the ecological integrity of the reserve.

In 2014, no new land clearing occurred and the use of agroecological methods has contributed to a 50% reduction in the use of agrochemicals. In addition, there has been no illegal logging and farmers have become more environmentally conscious. The hope is that this program can be implemented in the Chiquibul to train Guatemalans in the same sustainable practices and protect the ecological integrity of the Chiquibul Forest. However, this project would require a lot of dedication and funding and FCD currently does not have the means to support such a large-scale project.

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FCD Tracks Newsletter September 2013

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Required Reading:
21Evolution of a New Management Alternative in the Vaca Forest Reserve