Conservation and Sustainable Use of Selva Maya

IP Wave

Country: Belize

Client: GIZ

Counterpart Organization: Tri-national Coordination Group of Selva Maya

Project Duration: 06/2013 - 01/2019

Value of Service: 1,246,901 €

Located in the triangle formed by the south-eastern Mexico, Belize and Guatemala border, Selva Maya is the most extensive rainforest north of the Amazon. It encompasses enormous biodiversity in 23 different ecosystems and is in need of measures for special protection and the sustainable use of its natural resources.
Under the coordination of the Tri-national Coordination Group of Selva Maya, government and non-governmental actors specific measures have been taken for the conservation and sustainable use of Selva Maya. The intervention area targeted by the regional programme is the triangle formed by the Guatemala, Belize and Mexico border, which encompasses approx. 50 % of the Selva Maya area. Its target groups are the rural populations of the three countries living in and around Selva Maya. IP Consult in partnership with ECO Consult support project activities in Belize comprising of advice to partner organisations, further training, supplies of material and local subsidies for conducting pilot and further training measures for forest user groups and groups of agricultural producers.

Main Services Provided:

  • Develop and implement in compliance with current legal provisions new or changed procedures for strengthening control mechanisms for forest fires, land reallocation, illegal logging and/or illicit trade in endangered species. 
  • Support environmental protection authorities and/or civil-society organisations to design and implement pilot projects to generate income from non-timber forest products, timber products and/or eco/cultural tourism. 
  • Develop and implement at least two pilot projects for the promotion of products largely collected and/or marketed by women. 
  • Support public and non-governmental institutions together with civil society organizations to design and implement in the multiple use zone of Selva Maya at least 2 pilot projects aimed at increasing the agricultural production per unit area.