PROTECTING WILD PLACES
Healthy forests and rivers are the foundation of a healthy society
FOR NOW & GENERATIONS TO COME
Nineteen communities within the Maya Golden Landscape directly depend on ecosystem services provided by healthy forests and rivers. These services, which are threatened by climate change, illegal logging, hunting, agriculture and development, will be lost without effectively managed wild places. Through our work, clean air, water, medicine and food provided by nature are maintained.
SCIENCE BASED DECISIONS
Ya’axché is committed to utilizing cutting edge science to make decisions for achieving well managed wild places, protected areas, within the Maya Golden Landscape. As we improve our monitoring and research efforts in order to guide strategies in achieving compliance, we also are constantly looking at how land is being used by communities.
The effective management of our areas of natural wonder, protected areas, support the function of the Southern Biological Corridor and buffering communities. Ultimately this provides ecosystem services for surrounding communities and a safe passage for threatened wildlife. We are developing and implementing practical management plans, which genuinely include surrounding communities. An example of innovative protected area management is the creation of a community agroforestry concession where farmers are growing cacao under the forests of the Maya Mountain North Forest Reserve. It has allowed for restoration of damaged forests and decreased forest loss.
151,000 ACRES OF FOREST PROTECTED
37 GLOBALLY THREATENED SPECIES PROTECTED
OVER 3,000 MILES PATROLLED ANNUALLY BY RANGERS
OVER 65% OF BELIZE’S BIRD SPECIES PROTECTED IN THE MGL
8 YEARS OF BASELINE DATA TO HELP ANALYZE TRENDS IN FOREST HEALTH
BLADEN NATURE RESERVE HAS THE HIGHEST PLANT DIVERSITY IN CENTRAL AMERICA
BELIZE’S MOST COMPREHENSIVE LONG TERM BIODIVERSITY MONITORING
BELIZE’S FIRST DEDICATED RANGER TRAINING ACADEMY DEVELOPED
35 YEARS OF LAND-USE DATA FOR THE MAYA GOLDEN LANDSCAPE
18 ENDEMIC SPECIES PROTECTED