Guatemalans whose livelihoods rely on the extraction of renewable goods from the Mayan Biosphere Reserve face significant challenges if existing permits on natural resources expire. Asociación de Comunidades Forestales de Petén (ACOFOP) works with communities to form strategic alliances and partnerships to ensure that permits to extract renewable goods from the forest remain active. At the IAF, we support community-led solutions to expand economic opportunity in Guatemala. ACOFOP’s activities strengthen communities through education and training and build peer-to-peer learning and action networks.
This grant is part of the IAF’s efforts to address the root causes of irregular migration in Central America.
|Project:||Location:||Years active:||IAF grant funding:||Counterpart commitment:||Direct beneficiaries:||Indirect beneficiaries:||Program areas:|
|Community concessions in the Mayan Biosphere Reserve||Guatemala||2016 – 2019||$260,900||$315,350||500 individuals||780 individuals||leadership and education
natural resource management
Talk about community-led development!
By sustainably harvesting forests, Mexican community organizations are stemming deforestation and ensuring opportunities for all people to thrive in their home communities.
Few would have imagined in the early days that former IAF grantee partner Fundación Defensores del Chaco would become a youth-led powerhouse mobilizing entire towns to advocate for themselves. But what started as a street soccer team became a space where young people and their communities could bring their problems and find solutions together.
"Government is not separate from the people. “Government” is us. But the government doesn’t necessarily automatically carry out the will of the people. It responds to scrutiny. It is the responsibility of every citizen to know what leaders are doing," said Ramón Daubón, former IAF Vice President for Programs, in our recent conversation.