Paulina Caal shows off her new stove in her home in San Juan, Izabal, Guatemala
“I always cooked over an open fire,” mused Paulina Caal, a mother of five who lives in the rural village of San Juan, a village in the Sarstún River Basin in eastern Guatemala.
“Every time I finished preparing a meal, my arms were burning, and I was coughing up smoke. And it took so much wood! 10 years ago, there were plenty of trees for firewood right next to our home. But today, you have to walk at least 30 minutes to collect enough wood, because we are slowly killing the trees.”
Read more about how a new stove changed Paulina Caal’s life for the better!
Nolverto Troches Cárcamo is a grandfather, a minister, a community leader, and a staunch environmentalist in San Juan, Izabal, Guatemala
Nolverto Troches Cárcamo is a vocal community leader and minister within the small village of San Juan in the rural department of Izabal in eastern Guatemala. But Nolverto thinks of himself first and foremost as a father and a grandfather, and it is his love for children that has inspired him to become a staunch advocate for environmental conservation.
“I’m an old man,” he says with a laugh, “and there’s only so much that’s within my power. But if old men like me choose to set a bad example by cutting down trees, what kind of future are we creating for our children? I want my children and grandchildren to enjoy the forests. I want them to know the joy of being in a forested place. It’s our duty to take care of tomorrow today. I want there to be water left for my grandchildren!”
Read more about how Nolverto is working to preserve nature for future generations!
Cleopatra Méndez, EcoLogic’s Bi-National Program Coordinator
An Interview with Cleopatra Méndez, EcoLogic’s new Bi-National Program Coordinator
What is your role with EcoLogic?
I coordinate EcoLogic’s bi-national project in the Sarstún region. My role is to provide support and oversight on the ground for EcoLogic’s work in these important coastal and marine ecosystems. This area is vital to conserve—it’s home to many endangered species, and places on both sides of the border have been recognized under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands as wetlands of international importance.
Why do you think it is important that this is a cross-border project?
At the end of the day, natural resources don’t recognize national borders! To conserve this region, it will be key to strengthen relationships among local stakeholders in both countries.
Read more about how Cleopatra is helping EcoLogic cross borders for conservation!