5 Great Forests of Mesoamerica

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5 Great Forests of Mesoamerica: A regional initiative for climate, biodiversity, and people

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The 8 countries of the Central American Commission for Environment and Development (CCAD) (Belize, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, and the Dominican Republic) are developing a joint initiative that commits take direct action to conserve the 5 Great Forests of Mesoamerica: the Maya Forest between Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico, La Moskitia between Honduras and Nicaragua, Indio Maíz-Tortuguero between Nicaragua and Costa Rica, Talamanca between Costa Rica and Panama, and the Darién that extends from Panama to Colombia. The initiative will: 1. Address the drivers of deforestation - especially illegal cattle ranching, 2. Improve forest governance by strengthening management of protected areas, community forests, and indigenous territories; and 3. Improve livelihoods with forest-friendly and climate resilient economic alternatives.

In the event, Costa Rica Minister of Environment and Energy Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, a champion for the initiative, will discuss the importance of the initiative and progress to date; donors/funders will identify commitments that are worth investing in; and civil society, Indigenous Peoples, private sector and other stakeholders will discuss their engagement on the ground and reflect on the importance of and threats to these amazing forests.

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