Forest Conservation Communities

Intag Valley, Ecuador
Intag Valley, Ecuador

The Intag Valley and its cloud forest reserve are protected against degradation by local communities. Forest positive products like shade grown coffee provide economically viable options that simultaneously conserve delicate ecosystems.

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Madre de Dios, Peru
Madre de Dios, Peru

The Amazonian forest of Madre de Dios are highly threatened by conversion to agriculture. Amazon nuts grow wild here and provide the local people who harvest them with both an incentive and the economic means to protect the forest. Amazon nut harvesters from local communities venture into the forest to collect wild nuts. They also work collectively to keep forests standing, sustainable harvesting nuts, and also sometimes plant native trees to restore forest areas.

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La Mosquitia, Honduras
La Mosquitia, Honduras

Remote forest communities living in La Mosquitia are protecting the forest from degradation by protecting ancient cocoa trees. The forest forms part of The Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve, which is the largest protected area in the country

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Uaxactún, Guatemala
Uaxactún, Guatemala

The Uaxactún (pronounced "wa-shak-toon") Community Forest is located in Guatemala, a country known for its biological and cultural diversity. The community of Uaxactún currently protects about 200,000 acres of rainforest. At the heart of the ancient Mayan civilization, the reserve is home to jaguars, countless species of birds, and an extraordinary diversity of trees, plants, and insects.

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Chinandega, Nicaragua
Chinandega, Nicaragua

Together with The Maya Nut Institute, community members use the maya nut to alleviate malnutrition, empower women, and restore degraded forest landscapes.

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Carmelita Village, Guatemala
Carmelita Village, Guatemala

Carmelita Village is situated in the Maya Biosphere Reserve located in the Petén region of northern Guatemala. The reserve is the largest protected area in Central America, covering close to 2.1 million hectares and housing globally important biodiversity and cultural heritage sites.

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Masaka, Uganda
Masaka, Uganda

Together with local Masaka community members, Carbory is fighting climate change by restoring degraded forest landscapes by replanting indigenous species.

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Iwokrama Village, Guyana
Iwokrama Village, Guyana

Iwokrama started its sustainable timber harvesting operation to demonstrate the wise use of forest resources through low-impact harvesting. The Centre has developed a model of ownership and responsibility, involving the private sector and forest-dwelling communities as stakeholders and

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Tucumán, Argentina
Tucumán, Argentina

Members of Seamos Bosques are working to improve biodiversity and fight climate change by replanting native forests in Argentina.

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Bambidié, Gabon
Bambidié, Gabon

The Bambidié community rests at the heart of Precious Woods’ operations. This essential settlement is situated 30km to the east of Lastourville.

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Cristobal Colón, Ecuador
Cristobal Colón, Ecuador

The conservation community members of Cristobal Colón work closely with WholeForests to conserve the Chocó Forest while generating skilled employment opportunities.

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Kilwa District, Tanzania
Kilwa District, Tanzania

In the Lindi region of Tanzania, communities living in the Kilwa District form part of the Mpingo Conservation & Development Initiative (MCDI). This grass roots initiative was founded in the belief that mpingo and other hardwood trees offer a unique opportunity for integrated conservation and rural development across large areas of their native habitat in Tanzania and Mozambique. Their aim is to use these trees as an economic tool to advance conservation of miombo woodlands and East African.

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Copén, Honduras
Copén, Honduras

More than 15 remote forest communities on the North Coast of Honduras and the central Amazon of Peru have been trained by GreenWood to work with nature as artisans, sawyers and landowners

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Huon Peninsula, Papua New Guinea
Huon Peninsula, Papua New Guinea

The Huon Peninsula of Papua New Guinea, where the Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program (TKCP) focuses its work, is home to more endemic bird and mammal species than any other like-sized area in mainland New Guinea. The local communities of the Huon Peninsula depend on the land for subsistence agriculture, clean water and hunting for protein sources and ceremonial materials.

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