Program Partners and Personnel
Our partners in this acquisition are: Fundación para el Ecodesarrollo y la
Conservación (FUNDAECO), the Guatemalan NGO that manages and protects the
reserve; and UK-based World Land
Trust (WLT). (FUNDAECO is also ICFC's
partner for the Sierra Caral Reserve.) WLT played the crucial role of
providing a loan for the property's acquisition; it is also supporting protection and management
activities for the reserve.
This project involves:
- paying most outstanding costs of the land acquisition for the Laguna Grande Reserve;
- ensuring its permanent protection through additional legal safeguards;
- carrying out additional needed protection and management activities in 2013.
Description of the property being conserved
The 675-ha Laguna Grande Reserve is located in the lower portion of the Río
River Watershed, on the border between Guatemala's Izabel province and southern Belize. It
unique system of
lagoons, mangroves, inundated forests, lowland forests, and karstic mountain forests between sea
level and 385m. The property is located within the Río Sarstún
Multiple Use Reserve (see map below), which is a vital link in the Caribbean Rainforest Corridor of
north, in Belize, is the Sarstoon-Temash National Park; to the east is the Zapodilla Keys Marine
Reserve; to the south are the Chocón-Machacas Biotope and the Río Dulce National
to the west is Sierra Santa Cruz-Chocón-Machacas Special Protection Area. The land was
2009 for $641/hectare ($259/acre) for a total of US$432,702, including taxes.
Photos © FUNDAECO