The project "Transboundary Coordination to Reduce Illegal Wildlife Trafficking in the Guatemala-Mexico Green Corridor" with the support of the Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund of the United Kingdom. During its two-year implementation, this project has supported the conservation of natural resources and capacity building for government institutions responsible for managing the protected areas that are the focus of this project, including Guatemala's Mirador Río Azul National Park, Nacchtún Dos Lagunas Protected Biotope and the Paxbán Multiple Use Zone Management Unit, these conservation units are part of the Maya Biosphere Reserve, and for Mexico, the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve and the Balamkú State Reserve, these protected areas share a high level of natural and cultural importance.
Some of the transcendental advances and events that have taken place during the two years of the project's execution include the following:
1.Second visit of the Ambassador of the United Kingdom to the department of Petén, where he was presented and informed about the progress of the project "Transboundary Coordination to Reduce Illegal Wildlife Trafficking in the Green Corridor of Guatemala-Mexico", and also visited again the field in the RBM (San Miguel La Palotada Community) one of the focus areas of the project where activities are developed with communities benefiting from projects that are economic alternatives for the population that is vulnerable and affected by wildlife trafficking.
2.Follow-up with 17 meetings of the Binational IWT Network, these meetings were held virtually, Guatemala-Mexico, to coordinate the activities that have been carried out during the second year of execution.
3.In the second year, 314 field monitoring and/or joint patrols were carried out within the project's geographic areas, achieving inter-institutional presence and covering approximately 10,551 km of territory, keeping the Mirador Río Azul National Park free of illegal loggers for 22 months.
4.More than 45 families have been supported through projects such as chicken farms, beekeeping and ecological restoration through agroforestry systems; alternative livelihoods to improve their quality of life in the community of San Miguel La Palotada.
5.As part of informing government authorities about some of the threats that currently exist in the green corridor of the Maya Forest, specifically between Guatemala and Mexico, the progress of the project "Transboundary Coordination to Reduce Illegal Wildlife Trafficking in the Guatemala-Mexico Green Corridor" was presented to the public coordination space of the Maya Forest Strategic Coordination Group (Grupo Estratégico de Coordinación-GEC de la Selva Maya).
6.Follow-up on baseline knowledge of wildlife trafficking in the Selva Maya Green Corridor by high-level authorities in the Guatemalan government.
7.A memorandum of understanding was created and signed between civil society dedicated to eradicating illegal wildlife trafficking in the Mayan jungle of Guatemala and Mexico.