CONSERVATION AND SUSTAINABLE USE OF NATURAL RESOURCES
Our goal is to protect the ecosystems that sustain life and provide basic resources for human development. We have worked with conservation and managed protected areas for almost thirty years, making us a forerunner among the environmental organizations in Guatemala and in Latin America.
Lasting conservation success can only be achieved if we work with the people whose lives depend on the natural resources in the protected areas. Therefore, we respect and work collaboratively with local communities, including indigenous peoples, to identify practical ways of protecting the flora, fauna, and water supplies. For this purpose, we carry out programs in fields such as ecotourism, sustainable forestry and agroforestry, and alternative farming practices and commercialization methods.
We promote and support relevant research carried out inside and near the conservation areas we run, for example about the endangered Quetzal in the Sierra de las Minas reserve and the Scarlet Macaw in the Sierra Lacandón National Park. The many high-quality scientific investigations have placed FDN as a leader of conservation research in Guatemala.
We produce and share information to increase the awareness of our natural and cultural heritage. In this pursuit, we believe that educating particularly the younger generation about conservation is of key importance. Among other activities, we host field visits to our parks for school classes, train teachers in environmental education, and teach children about conservation and wildlife.