|Program:||Conservation of the Laguna Grande Reserve and Río Sarstún, Guatemala|
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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.
PurposeThis 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 conservedThe 675-ha Laguna Grande Reserve is located in the lower portion of the Río Sarstún/Sarstoon River Watershed, on the border between Guatemala's Izabel province and southern Belize. It encompasses a 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 Guatemala. To the 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 Park; and to the west is Sierra Santa Cruz-Chocón-Machacas Special Protection Area. The land was purchased in 2009 for $641/hectare ($259/acre) for a total of US$432,702, including taxes.