New crops provide better nutrition and can be sold for a higher price than commonly planted crops such as corn and beans. That’s why we help the communities set up “backyard orchards” and diversify their crops, as part of the BIOFORESA program, implemented in Sierra de las Minas and Bocas del Polochic. Chayote is similar to summer squash and is usually cooked in stews and soups. FDN staff show how an orchard is set up. Community members prepare the gardens.
Gradually, the river becomes smaller and smaller until we have to duck our heads not to get smashed by heavy branches. The tunnel of greenery winds through the wetlands of Bocas del Polochic, at Lake Izabal, Guatemala. The driver tilts the engine so we won't get caught in the thick, subaquatic roots reaching their tentacles toward the boat. Out of nowhere, a rickety pier appears. We have reached land. After a quick ride on a pick up truck we reach Semuy 2, a village flanked b
Camera traps for wildlife observation have now been set up in Sierra de las Minas, too. Park rangers and staff from Sierra del Lacandón National Park, where cameras have been used for a long time, shared their expertise with their colleagues in the Sierra de las Minas Biosphere Reserve. The first step was a training session in which the participants learned how to use and program the camera traps. The following day the team split into three groups to set up 10 cameras in are
Nestled on a steep mountainside in Sierra de las Minas, Rio Chiquito 1 is a village that appears forgotten by the rest of Guatemala. But FDN’s community promoters make their way up the remote dirt road to help the inhabitants improve their living conditions. Thanks to the energy-efficient stoves the beneficiaries have reduced their need for firewood by 70%. That saves trees in the Sierra and a lot of time and effort by people in communities such as Rio Chiquito 1. #Sierradel