Development of a monitoring system for biodiversity and climate change in the Selva Maya region
As of: September 2020
Objective and activities
The Selva Maya is the largest contiguous tropical forest area in Central America and possesses a rich biodiversity with 23 different ecosystems. Progressive agriculture, forest fires, illegal logging and the illegal trade in flora and fauna lead to fragmentation and overuse of the rainforest area. Targeted protection and adaptation measures require reliable and regionally comparable monitoring data, so the project supports the regionally coordinated monitoring of biodiversity and climate change in the Selva Maya. The results are incorporated into political decision-making processes, contributing to protection and sustainable use. The project also supports cross-border monitoring approaches by strengthening the political and institutional framework conditions for regional cooperation and the sharing of experiences. At the same time, it provides support for monitoring institutions in processing the results in a target group-oriented manner and communicating them effectively.
State of implementation/results
- All three countries of the Selva Maya Region use the monitoring software SMART (www.smartconservationtools.org) to improve the management of protected areas. Furthermore, the respective national institutions support each other in strengthening their technical capacities in this field.
- The regional working group for the monitoring of water points and associated wildlife is currently preparing its second trinational monitoring report and is strengthening the necessary structures to continue its work after the end of the project.
- The use of air quality data has triggered a comprehensive process in which Guatemalan communities are improving their waste management to protect the health of the local population. As a consequence, also other stakeholders started to show increasing interest in collecting air quality data.
- Supported by the project, the three partner countries are developing the integral strategy "Selva Maya 2030" in order to strengthen the natural and cultural values of the Selva Maya and thus contribute to a sustainable development of the region.