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Climate Change Threatens Sustainable Agroforestry in Central America

From left to right: EcoLogic Ixcán Field Technician Elmer Urizar; Jorge Luis López; EcoLogc Guatemala Program Officer Mario Ardany de Leon.

From left to right: EcoLogic Ixcán Field Technician Elmer Urizar; Jorge Luis López; EcoLogic Guatemala Program Officer Mario Ardany de Leon.

In Jorge Luis López’s community of San Juan Ixcán, Guatemala, agroforestry systems introduced by EcoLogic Development Fund are helping local farmers to improve their crop yields without damaging the environment.

“Thanks to EcoLogic, I’ve had the opportunity to learn new farming practices—how to establish nurseries, plant grafting, proper crop spacing, species diversification, and more. After three years, I have already planted four parcels of land that now produce corn, cacao, and cardamom.”

A new report published by the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) suggests that many tropical tree species including Inga are likely to suffer as a result of climate change over the coming decades. The report, which can be viewed online, shows large swaths of Mexico and Central America becoming unsuitable habitat for Inga; and other trees as rising temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, and other climate-related stress factors constrain trees’ ability to grow in the region.

Read more about EcoLogic’s work on agroforestry and climate change.

Barra Sarstún Fisherfolk Recover after Fire

Members of the Barra Sarstun community watch the fire from boats

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 Supports Agroforestry in Guatemala

Inga con cardamomo (3) (1)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