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Lacandón – Forest for Life

Type: Reforestation
Country: Guatemala
Standard: VCS, REDD+
Longitude: -90.904874
Latitude: 16.937982

Annual Carbon Credits
238875 t


The goals of the Lacandón – Forests for Life project can be summarized into three areas:

- Reduction of the rate of deforestation, for example through activities focused on preserving and reforesting the national park and patrolling it more frequently;

- Implementation of mechanisms to conserve biodiversity (including reforestation with native species);

- Strengthening local development structures through the support of alternative income generation.


Lacandón – Forests for Life is a pilot project that tries to determine the potentials of implementation of forest conservation and climate change mitigation projects in Guatemala. The principal aim is to access feasibility of forest carbon projects, which do not focus on the generation of credits in this pilot phase (at least until 2014). The innovative approaches used in implementing the project on the local level and the experiences gained there will eventually find their ways into national and international legislation on forest and climate change mitgation.


Stronger local governance:

  • Decrease illegal practices (hunting and logging)
  • Assure legality of land use rights
  • Women empowerment Ecosystem conservation


Ecosystem conservation:

  • Protect environmental functions of the forest
  • Reforestation and limiting deforestation
  • Support biodiversity and endangered species
  • Cultural/archeological value of the forest

The United Nations

Sustainable Development Goals

  • logo No Poverty
  • logo Zero Hunger
  • logo Gender equality
  • logo Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  • logo Life on land