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.
The Selva Maya is home to immense biodiversity - and the ancient Maya city of Tikal. Today, the forest is under threat but NGOs and locals are working together to save it, along with their livelihoods.
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.
UNESCO is proposing adding sites in the high seas to the World Heritage List. These natural wonders are in international waters. Heritage status could help protect them against pollution and overfishing.
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