Maya Golden Landscape, Belize

Belize is home to some of Central America’s most pristine forests and stunning wildlife, including harpy eagles, scarlet macaws, Baird’s tapirs, and jaguars.

However, unsustainable agricultural practices and habitat conversion have destroyed two-thirds of the original primary forest in this region. The remaining sections are fragmented, threatening biodiversity and ecosystem integrity. The Maya Golden Landscape in southern Belize is an important part of the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor. The area represents one of the few remaining intact stretches of broadleaf forest between the Maya Mountains and coastal mangrove forests, which feed the blue waters of the Mesoamerican Reef. This landscape, an excellent example of ecosystem interconnectivity, is critical for biodiversity.

We’re honored to partner with the Ya’axché Conservation Trust in the Maya Golden Landscape to address the challenges facing biodiversity conservation and social development in southern Belize. Ya’axché is implementing an integrated management approach to conservation, which includes: protected areas management; species monitoring and protection; and livelihood development through promotion of sustainable agricultural practices and micro-enterprise. Ya’axché works to maintain a healthy environment in partnership with empowered communities by providing outreach and environmental education as well as facilitating strong local governance of forest resources.

We’re excited to continue our work with Ya’axché to deepen their conservation efforts and development impact. Through our partnership, we provide targeted support for the monitoring and patrol of key endangered species (such as rosewood, mahogany, jaguars, and scarlet macaws) and promote sustainable land management practices.

The Maya Golden Landscape provides an excellent example of ecosystem interconnectivity.