Empowering communities with sustainable livelihoods

Empowering communities with sustainable livelihoods

Climate change, unsustainable farming practices and deforestation not only pose serious challenges for biodiversity and the protection of nature, but in many places also threaten the livelihoods of indigenous communities.

Ya'axché Conservation Trust is an NGO in Belize, launched in 1997 to safeguard a natural corridor between the Maya Mountains and the lowland coastal plains. Dedicated to protecting the natural environment while fostering sustainable livelihoods, Ya’axché brings together local indigenous communities, private landowners, government bodies and local NGOs to encourage sustainable cacao-based agroforestry. Having created Belize’s first community agroforestry concession, the NGO today helps farmers across the Maya Golden Landscape area to establish traditional tree crops such as cacao, in order to provide long-term economic opportunities and protect the natural environment.

Selected as one of Expo 2020 Dubai’s Global Best Practices, the Ya’axché Conservation Trust’s initiative has helped to increase the local community’s technical skills, access to land, climate resilience, and economic assets, as well as strengthening community bonds.

Benefiting both nature and the livelihoods of those living alongside it, this initiative can inspire others like it, to empower indigenous communities while mitigating and building resilience to climate change.

 

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