Maya Biosphere Reserve

Maya Biosphere Reserve

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
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Dates / Project duration

February 2017 - January 2019 / 2 years

Field of action :

Increase knowledge of biodiversity

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Project sponsor(s) :

PACUNAM (Fundacion para el Patrimonio Cultural y Natural Maya)



The Maya Biosphere Reserve (MBR) in Guatemala is the most extensive protected region of Central America and one of the richest biodiversity reserves. It plays a key role in the conservation of biodiversity by mitigating the potential impact of climate change, by sequestering millions of tonnes of carbon and by providing ecosystem services such as the production of fresh water.

This programme suggests implementing incentive, financial and technical measures, in return for explicit conservation commitments with regard to key regions of the MBR. It has given financial support to an agreement on pilot incentive measures in several villages of the region.