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Funding Deal Conserves Guatemala's Maya Biosphere Reserve

Date : 30th March 2012, Source : ENS

NEW YORK, New York, March 30, 2012 (ENS) - Conservation partners from Guatemala, the United States and Monaco have signed an agreement that will protect 80,000 acres of intact forest at the heart of the five-million-acre Maya Biosphere Reserve in northern Guatemala. Signed on March 9, the agreement will help reduce deforestation and degradation of the region while providing education, health, and fire prevention for the community of Carmelita at the center of the reserve in Guatemala's northern Peten region. The community is located at the gateway to the archaeological site of El Mirador. This concentration of ancient Mayan cities that archaeologists call the cradle of Mayan civilization is threatened by human activities, including illegal logging, farming, and ranching in protected areas, as well as drug trafficking, poaching and looting of Maya artifacts.

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