The Maya Forest of Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico is the second largest intact rainforest in the Americas, after the Amazon. It’s also one of the most important places on Earth for mammal conservation, with the region’s highest density of jaguars. It stores billions of tons of carbon and shelters priceless archaeological sites.
Rainforest Trust is part of an extraordinary coalition of local and international conservation organizations working in partnership to safeguard a critical and pristine 260,000-acre tract of forest habitat, accounting for nearly 5% of the country’s land area. This project requires our urgent attention, as Belize is experiencing a deforestation rate twice as high as other parts of Central America to clear land for large scale agriculture and livestock operations.
We must act. Slash and burn agriculture is already occurring on the borders of the site. If not purchased now, this forest will be gone by 2030, destroying habitat for iconic wildlife and changing our climate irrevocably.