What is the Mayan Biosphere?

Mayan Biosphere AgroAmerica

What is the Mayan Biosphere?

Guatemala has been characterized for being a country with great wealth in flora and fauna, that is why it is called the country of eternal spring, without a doubt this title is a great privilege but it is also a great responsibility. 

In 1990 the Mayan Biosphere Reserve was created in Guatemala, which is a sparsely populated region composed of forests, rivers, wetlands and Mayan sites.

Characteristics of the Mayan Biosphere

This protected area is the largest in Guatemala and represents one-fifth of the national territory, extending over more than two million hectares in which there are natural ecosystems essential for the country’s flora and fauna.

The Mayan Biosphere in Guatemala also conserves a large part of the archeological sites that are currently considered icons of the Mayan civilization.

32 years of the Mayan Biosphere

Currently, Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere Reserve is 32 years old since the publication of decree 5-90, which assigns CONAP as the institution responsible for its enforcement.

AgroAmerica and its contribution to the conservation of the Mayan Biosphere

The company has carried out different actions to guarantee the conservation of the Mayan Biosphere in Guatemala, as well as the conservation and restoration of landscapes.

AgroAmerica has been part of the environmental conservation project of the Maya Cultural and Natural Heritage Foundation, which works to protect tropical forests, flora and fauna.

Agreement to strengthen protected areas in Guatemala

The company also signed an agreement with WCS and Solidaridad to strengthen the Guatemalan Protected Areas System (SIGAP) through pilot projects in accordance with the strategies established by CONAP and the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources.

Agreement Objectives

The agreement aims to monitor and conserve 19,000 hectares in Laguna del Tigre National Park as well as threatened species such as:

– Scarlet Macaw

– Jaguar

– White-lipped peccary

– Tapir; and

– White Turtle

Macaw release project

Recently, with the support of AgroAmerica, Wildlife Conservation Society, Fundación Solidaridad Latinoamericana, CONAP and other organizations, 26 scarlet macaws were released into the Maya Biosphere Reserve in Guatemala.

Objective Project

The goal is to increase the number of scarlet macaws in the reserve, estimating that a total of 300 macaws currently inhabit the reserve.

Conservation Technical Committees

AgroAmerica also has zero deforestation and zero waste policies, as well as constant participation in mangrove technical roundtables and soil and water conservation systems.

Forest Reforestation

In addition, the company has participated in various tree donation activities for reforestation of forests.

AgroAmérica will continue contributing to the conservation of the Mayan Biosphere

Undoubtedly Guatemala has an immense wealth of landscapes, flora, fauna and cultural heritage of the Mayan civilization. It is the responsibility of everyone in this country to contribute to its constant care and conservation.

Throughout its years of operation, AgroAmerica has collaborated with the mission of the conservation of the Mayan Biosphere in Guatemala and hopes to continue to do so more and more.