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Friends for Conservation and Development engages in youth exchange

Posted: Monday, January 27, 2020. 5:21 pm CST.

By BBN Staff:  On January 25 and 26, 2020, Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) hosted an exchange program with youth from five Guatemalan communities that fringe the Chiquibul National Park.

The purpose of the exchange was to sensitize these youth about the need for the protection of the environment, primarily the forest and water resources.

The 11 youth from the five communities namely, La Rejoya, Nueva Armenia, San Jose Chiquibul, Las Flores Chiquibul and Puertas del Cielo Chiquibul are located within the Chiquibul Maya Mountain Biosphere Reserve in Guatemala, which has a boundary with Belize’s Chiquibul Forest.

The land surface of the biosphere has been severely fragmented leading to scarcity in forest and water resources.

The youth were coordinated by members of the FCD Environmental Youth Group and Todos Por Un Mundo Verde.   

Participants who attended expressed their concerns for the forest loss and the effects this has on the Chiquibul and Mopan Rivers.

 To address this situation from further deterioration, outreach education campaigns were recommended for the children and youth in the rural communities as well as the identification of sustainable livelihood programs that provides an alternative means whilst protecting the natural resources.

The engagement with the rural communities in Guatemala is being conducted though Asociacion Balam and FCD with the aim of promoting an economically sustained biocultural landscape.

The exchange program was made possible through the support of the Canada Fund for local Initiatives.  


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