Meso-America Regional Meeting
Date: July 10-14, 2017
Venue: Peten, Guatemala
- To promote the approach of the most important threats that the biggest
forest landscapes and their inhabitants, with a specific emphasis on the
Mayan Jungle (Mexico, Belize and Guatemala), La Moskita (Honduras and
Nicaragua), Indio-Maíz-Tortuguero (Nicaragua and Costa Rica), La Amistad
(Costa Rica and Panama), and the region of Darién (Panama).
- Present and discusss with the participants the findings of the analysis
titled "Human Footprint and Cow's Hoofprint" in Mesoamerica.
- Identify strategies and actions to reduce the impact of illegal cattle
ranching in protected areas, including effective community forest
- Know practical experiences of territorial governance developed by
indigenous organizations and local populations.
- Identify strategies and actions to protect local populations and
administrators of threatened forests.
- Demonstrate tools and systems that allow the strengthening of the
monitoring capacities and law compliance in protected areas.
- "Human Footprint and Cow's Hoofprint" report shows illegal cattle
ranching is responsible for more than 90 percent of forest loss in remaining
- "Three of Central America’s 5 largest forests have been reduced in size by more than 23 percent."
- "White-lipped peccaries, a bellwether species, have had their range reduced by 87 percent."
Key result: the Declaration of Petén
Declaration signed by 25 Mesoamerican indigenous groups, protected area
agencies, and civil society organizations demonstrating concern and committing
to practical solutions.
"The Petén Declaration includes a commitment to five concrete actions to recover the region’s forests: 1) supporting local forests and indigenous communities to obtain land management 2) strengthening the conservation of protected areas 3) supporting the prosecution of environmental crimes 4) focusing on illegal livestock as the main driver of deforestation and 5) protecting environmental champions who risk their lives to protect Mesoamerica’s largest forests."