|
|
|
|
Search: 
Latin American Herald Tribune
Venezuela Overview
Venezuelan Embassies & Consulates Around The World
Sites/Blogs about Venezuela
Venezuelan Newspapers
Facts about Venezuela
Venezuela Tourism
Embassies in Caracas

Colombia Overview
Colombian Embassies & Consulates Around the World
Government Links
Embassies in Bogota
Media
Sites/Blogs about Colombia
Educational Institutions

Stocks

Commodities
Crude Oil
US Gasoline Prices
Natural Gas
Gold
Silver
Copper

Euro
UK Pound
Australia Dollar
Canada Dollar
Brazil Real
Mexico Peso
India Rupee

Antigua & Barbuda
Aruba
Barbados
Cayman Islands
Cuba
Curacao
Dominica

Grenada
Haiti
Jamaica
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Belize
Costa Rica
El Salvador
Honduras
Nicaragua
Panama

Bahamas
Bermuda
Mexico

Argentina
Brazil
Chile
Guyana
Paraguay
Peru
Uruguay

What's New at LAHT?
Follow Us On Facebook
Follow Us On Twitter
Most Viewed on the Web
Popular on Twitter
Receive Our Daily Headlines


  HOME | Central America

Ranchers and Drug Traffickers Threaten Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere Reserve

PETEN, Guatemala – The Maya Biosphere Reserve in northern Guatemala is threatened not just by forest fires and climate change, but by encroachment from ranchers and drug traffickers, community leaders told reporters.

The reserve is under siege from “agricultural activities and ranching, and drug trafficking,” as well as “intentionally set fires and the possible expansion of an archaeological park in the so-called Mirador basin,” said Jorge Emilio Soza, a resident of San Andres and one of the founders of the Integral Forest Association (AFISAP).

Marcedonio Cortave, a conservationist and agronomist who has helped protect the Maya Biosphere Reserve for decades, told reporters who recently toured the area that there were numerous threats to the environmentally sensitive region.

“A lot of influence is being exerted by people who want to change the land use and turn it into pastures for cattle, and there are even associated interests from ‘narcoranchers,’ a scheme under which they make it seem that the profits are coming from cattle, but in reality they are sometimes generated by illegal activities,” Cortave said.

“The fires are being intentionally set to destroy the (natural) resources and advance the taking of land,” Cortave said, adding that some private interests were after the oil supposedly present in the area.

A report published last week said that nearly 8,000 fires had been identified in just the first five months of this year, leading to the destruction of more than 2,000 hectares (nearly 5,000 acres) of land.

The Maya Biosphere Reserve contains the largest forest in Mesoamerica, covering 21,602 sq. kilometers (8,341 sq. miles).

 

Enter your email address to subscribe to free headlines (and great cartoons so every email has a happy ending!) from the Latin American Herald Tribune:

 

Copyright Latin American Herald Tribune - 2005-2015 © All rights reserved