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Development of a monitoring system for biodiversity and climate change in the Selva Maya region

As of: April 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

  • The three countries of the Selva Maya Region, Guatemala, Belize and Mexico, use a new monitoring software (SMART) to improve the management of protected areas
  • The project also promotes the technical capacities of monitoring institutions (such as remote sensing, forest dynamics, water quality) and community-based monitoring (bird diversity, forest dynamics, mayan nut yields).
  • Particularly important is the support of cross-border exchange and cooperation on different monitoring topics. To support the exchange and cooperation between the three countries of the Selva Maya Region, a joint monitoring report has been published. Moreover, regular regional meetings foster the exchange among countries.
  • In addition, the project supports the development of an improved communication approach that enables the transfer of relevant monitoring results more efficiently to policy makers and the public. Further information on the projects’ actual status can be found at

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Project data

Belize, Guatemala, Mexico

Implementing organisation:
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Partner institution(s):
  • Central American Integration System (SICA)

BMU grant:
5.000.000,00 €

08/2016  till  07/2021


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