Guatemala, along with Mexico and Belize, is home to the Selva Maya, the largest tropical rainforest north of the Amazon. But its unique ecosystem is under threat. Populations are growing and so are exploitation and deforestation.
There is growing global demand for acaí, an Amazonian berry with super powers so great that if grown sustainably, it can protect the rainforest while simultaneously being an economic boon.
Colombia's cotton-top monkeys and other primates play a key role in preserving their ecosystems. Yet they are under threat due to deforestation, farming and the illegal pet trade.
Scientists have discovered the largest known tropical peatland in the Congo basin. Preserving it will be vital not just for the local ecosystem but the global climate as well.
The Maya Bioreserve demonstrates how communities can effectively fight deforestation.
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