Members of the Barra Sarstún community watch the fire from boats
A fire in Barra Sarstún, Guatemala, has destroyed a new restaurant that local fisherfolk had been building in order to attract ecotourism to the area. As part of its Cross-Border Alliance for Healthy Fisheries project, EcoLogic has been working with a community organization of fisherfolk to construct the restaurant.
Local residents were unable to stop the fire, which burned until it had completely destroyed the new restaurant building and severely damaged an adjacent fish processing facility. Residents of Barra Sarstún are highly dependent of fishing for their livelihoods. The new restaurant was intended to provide a much-needed alternative source of revenue for the community, serving a cornerstone of the community’s effort to attract ecotourism to the area. After the restaurant, the community had hoped to construct cabins that would have served as tourist lodgings to enable people can stay in the community for extended periods of time. These plans may have to be delayed while residents contend with the damage caused by the fire, and weigh different options for recovery.
Read more about Barra Sarstún and EcoLogic’s work with its resident fisherfolk
AgroAmerica, a sustainable agriculture business with operations in Central and South America, has committed funds to support EcoLogic Development Fund’s agroforestry project Protecting Livelihoods for Rural Communities in Guatemala through the Sustainable Management of Forest and Water Resources.
“We’re deeply committed to the preservation of the environment and assisting local people to learn better ways of using the land, so we’re pleased to be able to support EcoLogic’s work in this area,” said Fernando Bolaños, CEO of AgroAmerica.
Read more about AgroAmerica and EcoLogic’s agroforestry work
Nearly two years ago, the world witnessed an inspiring and rare success—the coming together of nations to commit to fighting what many recognize as the single greatest threat to life on this planet: climate change. The Paris Accords represent much of what EcoLogic stands for: collaboration, hope, solidarity, resilience and, most of all, a vision of a better future for all. For EcoLogic, every single day is World Environment Day.
With the decision late last week to pull the United States out of this agreement, many of us felt angry, let down, even despondent. But EcoLogic firmly believes that in every challenge exists possibility. After all, that is exactly what we have learned from the people we work with in Central America and Mexico, day in, and day out. People who live difficult lives in sometimes unimaginably tough conditions, in a region considered one of the most vulnerable on Earth to climate-related shocks—pest outbreaks that destroy forests and food, food insecurity aggravated by prolonged drought and natural disasters—still find ways to band together and be creative and proactive in the face of daunting challenges.
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