The Selva Maya rainforest is rich in biodiversity, and was once home to the Maya civilization. But its unique ecosystem is under threat. Projects in Guatemala are helping local residents live in harmony with nature and fight deforestation.
Forest fires last year resulted in record tree loss around the globe – climate change and El Niño were major factors. This is bad news for the world's carbon sinks, since fires release CO2 into the atmosphere.
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.
Some people ask us what the big deal is about deforestation. Trees grow back, right? Well, it's not that simple. Here's why.
The Maya Bioreserve demonstrates how communities can effectively fight deforestation.
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