Guatemala is ranked amongst the world’s top 20 hot spots for biodiversity1. The largest forested area in Mesoamerica is found here, along with the second largest contiguous forest in the Americas after the Amazon.
However, since 1950, 60% of Guatemalan forests have been lost and the country has one of the world’s highest deforestation rates. Biodiversity is being rapidly degraded through land occupation and unsustainable land uses.2
An astonishing 70% of Guatemala’s population is under 30 years of age, most of whom do not have access to proper education on environmental issues. With limited resources and virtually no social models to encourage leadership or environmental stewardship, the destruction of natural resources, high levels of food insecurity, environmental health problems and extreme poverty will only keep increasing.
SERES engages with these youth through our sustainability leadership programs, encouraging them to become active, conscientious members of their communities. SERES programs act as a catalyst for young leaders, who go on to lead projects that address challenges and aspirations such as food sustainability and nutrition, biodiversity conservation, climate change/environmental education and reducing environmental health impacts. Follow this link to find our more or get involved!
1 10th Conference of the United Nations Convention of Biological Diversity (2010) 2 USAID, Guatemala Country Development Strategy (2012)