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The Chiquibul Forest


Innovation in Conservation

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The Chiquibul Forest


Innovation in Conservation

MAYA 2020


MAYA 2020

MAYA 2020


MAYA 2020

The Chiquibul National Park, in the Maya Mountains, is Belize’s largest protected area. The forest provides critical habitat for countless rare and endangered species, such as the white lipped peccary, tapir, scarlet macaw, howler monkey and five species of cats including the Jaguar. The forest harbors up to 400 species of birds, and several million birds migrate to the area during the North American winter periods. Many impressive Maya monuments are located in the Chiquibul Forest as well as the largest cave system in Central America with over 50 km of passageways. Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) a Belizean Non-Government Organisation, have a co-management role with the Government of Belize to protect the Chiquibul Forest for the people of Belize.

 

Maya 2020 is a Queens Commonwealth Canopy Initiative that will support FCD in this important endeavor.  The project will set a new global standard in forest conservation with the aim of conserving the rich tropical biodiversity of the Chiquibul Forest. Maya 2020 is endorsed by the Government of Belize,  supportedby the Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development and mentored by international institutions including Rainforest Concern, Concentric Advisors and Survival Wisdom.