The rural development model involving communities, municipalities and Government institutions works in the management and conservation of representative ecosystems of Guatemala.
The main methodology of the rural development model is the design of protected areas as instruments of land use planning for the protection of biodiversity and the sustainable production of environmental goods and services.
Each protected area is designed with an eco-regional criteria, covering the complete functional ecosystems (watersheds, gradients, mountain/sea corridors, etc.) and including a zoning for its diversified management: core zones, areas of multiple use, forest areas, eco-tourism and public use areas, and buffer zones among others.
The rural development model works co-managing or supporting the management of protected areas declared by Congress, parks and municipal reserves, community reserves and private reserves. Our main partners for this program are the National Council of Protected Areas (CONAP), the center of conservation studies (CECON), The National Institute of Forests (INAB), local communities and municipalities.
Intervention Models in the Field ”
- Support for the design, establishment and management of national protected Areas in sites of high biodiversity.
- Establishment of an institutional network of ecological reserves in unique sites with high ecological value.
- Support for the establishment of municipal regional parks in the priority sites of conservation voids of Guatemala.
- Support for the establishment of community and indigenous natural reserves with the support of conservation agreements.
- Conservation of AZE sites of amphibians in Guatemala
- Research and biological monitoring for the conservation of species and ecosystems