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Mayan Communities Saving Their Forests

A waterfall in the middle of the Lacandón rainforest in Chiapas, Mexico.

A waterfall in the middle of the Lacandón rainforest in Chiapas, Mexico.

“Bosques Pico Bonito, our project in Northern Honduras, was an important first effort by EcoLogic to understand carbon markets and their potential for protecting forests and biodiversity, while also looking at the benefits and challenges for local people who want to tap into them. It laid the foundation for the work we are doing now in the Lacandón forest of Mexico collaborating with our local partner, Na’Bolom, to put in place a REDD+ program to protect the forest for the communities that live there.”

 – Dr. Bryan Foster, EcoLogic CarbonPlus Program Director

Within the Sierra Cojolita Community Reserve in the Lacandón forest, the Mayan communities want to protect the forest and improve livelihoods by using emerging carbon markets, however a lack of technical training, collaboration and financing hold them back. EcoLogic and our Chiapas-based partner, Na’Bolom are working with three different Mayan communities – the indigenous Choles, Tzeltales and Lacandones – to provide the training and resources needed to successfully implement a REDD+ project that will be administered by the communities themselves.