Since 1990, FUNDAECO has been working to protect the remaining forest and biodiversity in the Caribbean Guatemala, in the Department of Huehuetenango and Peten, as well as in the ravines and hills of the city which have a very high biological value.
Incredibly, 35% of the total area of the Caribbean Guatemala has been declared a protected area and the region still has almost 50% of its original forest cover. With more than 471 species of birds and more than 160 species of mammals, the region has immense natural discovered wealth.
These remaining forests are home to 54% of terrestrial vertebrates of Guatemala (768 species), 56% of amphibians (57 species), 48% of reptiles (89 SP.), 61% of mammals (151 SP.) and 67% of birds (471 species). The diversity of bats is remarkable, with 79 species (75% of the total). The region is an important center of endemism for plants (23 species), frogs from the genus Eleutherodactylus (11 species), and beetles Melolonthidae (9 endemic species).
Of the 471 bird species, 11 are endemic of the region. These forests are an important migratory corridor: over 90 migratory species use them as sleeping or resting sites. Five endangered species (red list IUCN-Birdlife) are present in the region. It´s important to mention the work of conservation of marine biodiversity which is carried out in the coastal areas of the Caribbean and Pacific coast in the study and protection of reefs, sharks, rays, among others.
Replicating our experience in Izabal Fundaeco started its conservation efforts in the western part of Guatemala in the Department of Huehuetenango, which has the highest rate of the country’s biological diversity: With altitudes between 500 and the 3,900 meters above sea level and 14 zones of life, the region has a great diversity of remaining ecosystems, including wetlands, riparian forests, dry forests, tropical rainforests, karstic cenotes, montane forests and subalpine páramos.
Species, assemblages and unique ecological processes to Guatemala and the world are presented. As well as high biodiversity in amphibians such as the Agalychnis moreletii and the salamander bolitoglossa cuchumatán and birds such as the Horned Guan Orephasis derbianus endemic in the region.
We also have promoted the protection of canyons and hills in capital city in particular in Cayalá ecological park and the ravine of Kanajuyú where there is a high biodiversity of birds, small mammals, insects and reptiles.
Our efforts have achieved the protection and conservation of thousands of animals and plants that represent a unique beauty of our country.