The forest concessions of the Maya Biosphere Reserve have boasted a near-zero deforestation rate for 20 years.... Continue Reading
The Selva Maya is the second largest tropical forest after the Amazon, spanning across southeastern Mexico, northern Guatemala, and part of Belize. Here, the Rainforest Alliance partners with 25 ejidos organizations in the Yucatan Peninsula and 12 community forestry concessions in the Maya Biosphere Reserve to promote community forest management. These communities pursue sustainable economic opportunities while conserving the forest and its biodiversity.
If ever there were a question as to whether community forestry is an excellent conservation strategy, one would only have to look to the concessions of the Maya Biosphere Reserve for an answer—and to the women leaders who live there.... Continue Reading
We are working to grow Mexico’s domestic market for sustainably produced products.... Continue Reading
A jointly owned carpentry center transforms sustainable wood into fine wood products.... Continue Reading
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Our new Community Listening Program was designed to gather, analyze, and incorporate the knowledge of those at the heart of our mission—namely farming and forest communities—to help us improve how we work.
We are working to grow Mexico’s domestic market for sustainably produced products.
The forest concessions of the Maya Biosphere Reserve have boasted a near-zero deforestation rate for 20 years.
For rural, isolated communities in Guatemala, natural capital is the people’s greatest wealth. Since 1997, the Rainforest Alliance has worked with community forestry concessions to strengthen their... View more
The government of Guatemala, through the Honorable National Council of Protected Areas (CONAP), has granted a 25-year extension to the community-managed forestry concession of Carmelita.