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Tikal, Guatemala
Photo by Denise Voelke
Guatemala is home to some of the most threatened tropical forests in the world. Ninety-eight percent of Guatemala's frontier forest (large tracts of relatively undisturbed, old growth forest) has been lost to deforestation, and a mere 7.6 percent of the country's land is protected. None of the country's protected areas are considered large enough or stable enough to support viable populations of Guatemala's indigenous species. The country's high deforestation rate results from the cutting of forests for firewood, agriculture, and timber exports, and is exacerbated by extreme poverty among Guatemala's rural populations. [more]

Guatemala Links:

  • Environmental and Cultural Implications of Guatemalan Coffee Production - Case study from American University's Trade and Environment Database (TED).
  • Guatemala's Living Wetlands - NPR/National Geographic Society's Radio Expedition to Guatemala's Peten region and the Laguna del Tigre National Park.
  • Planeta.com - Eco Travels in Guatemala - In-depth information for exploring ecotourism in Guatemala.
  • PROEVAL RAXMU - Conservation projects in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala, including sustainable agriculture, bird monitoring, environmnetal education.
  • Trópico Verde - NGO working on tropical and temperate rainforests of Guatemala.
  • World Rainforest Movement: Guatemala - Index of articles on Guatemala's rainforests from the World Rainforest Movement bulletin.

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