Posted: Monday, September 12, 2022. 9:10 am CST.
By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Personnel from Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) and the BDF met on September 8 to discuss illegal cattle ranching in protected areas by Guatemalans.
“Cattle ranching by Guatemalans inside the protected areas including Vaca, Caracol, Columbia River, and Chiquibul is an increasing threat. This has been evolving for some years now to a point where more adaptive strategies need to be employed,” FCD noted.
FCD says that the purpose of the meeting was to discuss a more effective strategy to address this concern in the short and medium term.
“The cattle ranching fields are well documented and decisive actions are now required. Cattle ranching in the tropics is the main anthropogenic activity destroying wide expanse of broadleaf forests,” FCD added.
In addition to cattle ranching, there have been multiple reports of Guatemalan incursions into protected areas for the extraction of xate, gold, poaching, and illegal logging.
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