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AgroAmerica donates $50,000 for conservation of tropical forest of Maya Biosphere Reserve

AgroAmerica has joined the environmental conservation Project of the Maya Cultural and Natural Heritage Foundation (Fundación Patrimonio Cultural y Natural Maya) –Pacunam- to contribute to protect cultural and natural heritage such as tropical forest, and the flora and fauna of the Maya Biosphere Reserve.

“We decided to join the environmental conservation projects of Pacunam and support their efforts to develop and build sustainable forestry activities, as they respond to the objectives of AgroAmerica for the conservation of natural resources and are consistent with our way of working in partnerships in favor of the sustainable development of the countries where we operate,” Fernando Bolaños, CEO of AgroAmerica, said.

The Maya Biosphere Reserve is the largest protected tropical forest in Central America. Spread over 4.3 million acres (1.7 million hectares) in the Department of Petén in Guatemala, this reserve protects large areas of forests, rivers, wetlands and Maya sites.

Protection of tropical forest, flora and fauna
Using technology known as lidar, a team of archaeologists, funded by Pacunam found evidence beneath the jungle canopy in Guatemala of how the Mesoamerican civilization altered its landscape for more than 2,500 years. This may change what archaeologists thought they knew about aspects of the ancient society’s population size, agricultural practices and conflicts between warring dynasties, reported The New York Times in its recent article Hidden Kingdoms of the Ancient Maya Revealed in a 3-D Laser Map.

Pacunam works hand in hand with government agencies such as the National Council of Protected Areas (CONAP), local conservation organizations and national and foreign non-governmental organizations, such as Petén Forest Communities Association -ACOFOP-, Carmelita Cooperative, Balam Association, Wildlife Conservation Society, Rainforest Alliance, Conservation International, Counterpart International, Foundation for Anthropological Research -FARES-, Foundation for the Development of Guatemala -FUNDESA-, and the Department of the Interior of the United States.

Pacunam has the support of national and international media such as National Geographic, to publish its activities and projects.

Other organizations like The Rainforest Alliance also work in the conservation of the forests of the Maya Biosphere Reserve, according to its recent article: Community: The Secret To Stopping Deforestation in Guatemala.

For more information:
Carmen Gadala
AgroAmérica
Tel: +502 2024-9600 ext 8051
Cel: +502 5466-1838
Email: cgadala@agroamerica.com 


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