Plant trees in Guatemala

Guatemala is the most populous country in Central America. Its abundance of biologically significant and unique ecosystems includes many endemic species and contributes to Mesoamerica's designation as a biodiversity hotspot. The core of the Maya civilisation, which extended across Mesoamerica, was historically based in the territory of modern Guatemala.

Overview

Guatemala has one of the most extensive and diverse forest systems in Central America. Its name is said to mean "land of the trees" in the Mayan-Toltec language. Sadly, the country is losing these precious forests at a rapid rate. Because of its topography, Guatemala is susceptible to landslides, floods and other natural disasters. However, the biggest driver of deforestation has been population growth and economic disparity. With more than one million hectares of land that could be harnessed for reforestation, this project aims to bring back the healthy forests that have characterised the country since ancient times.

Impact

Our amazing partner in Guatemala reforests and restores landscapes by working with communities in the northwest region of Huehuetenango and the Pacific South Coast. By planting a combination of hardwood trees (long-term value) and cacao plants (short-term value), the project teaches local people how to diversify through agroforestry. Through workshops in planting, tending, processing forest products, and valuing local resources, we can empower communities with the knowledge and skills to become economically and environmentally sustainable.

Species

To maximize the impact of your donation, our partner will determine the most appropriate species of tree to plant, depending on the time of year. This project primarily focuses on planting exotic hardwoods and shade-dependent cacao plants.

Partner

OneTreePlanted is a non-profit organisation based in Vermont with a mission to make it simple for you to plant trees around the world. Started in 2014, they have more than doubled the number of trees planted year over year. Fast-forward to today, they now work with awesome reforestations partners in North America, South America, Asia, and Africa who help them get trees in the ground to restore forests after fires and floods, create jobs, build communities, and protect habitat for biodiversity.

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