The Chiquibul Forest, in the Maya Mountains, is Belize’s largest protected area. The forest provides critical habitat for countless rare and endangered species, such as the white lipped peccary, tapir, scarlet macaw, howler monkey and five species of cats including the Jaguar. The forest harbours up to 400 species of birds, and several million birds migrate to the area during the North American winter periods. Many impressive Maya monuments are located in the Chiquibul Forest as well as the largest cave system in Central America with over 500 km of passageways

The project will set a new global standard in forest conservation with the aim of conserving the rich tropical biodiversity of the Chiquibul Forest through technological innovations whilst providing sustainable livelihoods for local people.

Maya 2020 is endorsed by the Government of Belize, supported by the Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, and mentored by international institutions including Rainforest Concern, Selvana, Concentric Advisors and Survival Wisdom.

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