ProPetén

ProPetén

Project For A Sustainable Petén Forest

ProPetén aims to conserve the tropical forest and the vast biodiversity of the Maya Biosphere Reserve, and to provide economic benefits for the inhabitants of Petén, Guatemala.

To achieve this objective, ProPetén focuses on the development of sustainable economic activities that give the forest a greater economic value intact than cleared for agriculture and ranching. ProPetén also promotes the adoption of rational and objective policies affecting the management of forest resources and tourism in the Maya Biosphere Reserve.

CONSERVATION OF THE
NATURAL ENVIRONMENT
IMPLIES THE RATIONAL USE
OF NATURAL RESOUCES IN
ORDER TO BENEFIT SOCIETY.

The uncontrolled exploitation of the forest as well as poorly planned tourism will lead to the rapid depletion of valuable natural and cultural resources in the region and consequently diminish the benefits received by the forest communities.

ProPetén seeks to develop timber and non-timber industries and ecotourism so that serve conservation and ecourage community participation through employment, the influx of capital and the creation of small business enterprises.

Only through the collaboration of the local communities will the biological diversity of the Maya Biosphere Reserve be secured.

ProPetén's Goals are:

WHAT IS SUSTAINABILITY?

Sustainablity is the integration of community participation in the effort to maintain a balance between biological conservation and longterm economic developement, in a manner that also preserves the ecological and cultural resources of the region

ProPetén does not want to ban the use of natural resources. ProPetén proposes using the natural resources in a way that protects biological diversity and ecological resources, while also meeting the needs of the communities that depend on these resources for survival. In this way, the same people who are using the forests are also guarding them for future use.

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Revised April 5, 1995 by crs