Communities living within the Maya Biosphere Reserve face challenges in sustainably managing their forests due to large-scale ranching and illegal logging practices. At the IAF, we support community-led approaches to expanding economic opportunities and improving natural resource management. Our grantee partner, Sociedad Civil El Esfuerzo (El Esfuerzo), strengthens forest management and community enterprises in Petén, Guatemala, that create employment, increase income, and improve the quality of life. El Esfuerzo provides training and technical assistance to implement sustainable forest management practices, harvest and sell xate palm, and undertake eco-tourism activities that generate employment and provide alternatives to irregular migration.
This grant is part of the IAF’s efforts to address the root causes of irregular migration in Central America.