The Maya Golden Landscape, a 770,000-acre area of public and private protected lands and Mayan communities in southern Belize, has recently experienced high deforestation rates due to unsustainable agricultural practices and the region’s growing population. Rural communities are crucial actors in protecting these important conservation areas, yet many residents, especially youth, are not familiar with effective conservation-related practices. The IAF supports community-led approaches to expanding economic opportunity and protecting natural resources in Belize. Our grantee partner, Ya’axche’ Conservation Trust (YCT), is promoting best practices in sustainable forest management by involving local communities in capturing, analyzing, and sharing data on biodiversity on their farms. YCT is also strengthening the business skills of small family or community-run enterprises and stimulating rural children and youth’s interest in being future stewards of their communities’ forests.