Belize's fishing industry has significantly contributed to the country's economic growth through employment creation, food security, income generation, and foreign exchange earnings. The sector, encompassing fisheries and aquaculture, accounted for an average of 12% of total exports from 2015 to 2021. Currently, the fisheries sector directly employs more than 3,000 fisherfolks … [Read more...] about Charting a Sustainable Path: Revitalizing Belize’s Fisheries Through Science, Policy, and Empowerment
By prioritising the recovery of natural capital and ancestral practices, communities in Guatemala are strengthening their resilience to climate change-induced droughts. The ‘Dry Corridor’ is an ecological region of Central America, which encompasses some of Guatemala, and is particularly vulnerable to increasingly irregular rainfall, suffering from both severe droughts and … [Read more...] about Developing sustainable livelihoods in Guatemala’s dry corridor
Between 2011 and 2015, Honduras suffered one of the most severe periods of drought, caused by the El Niño phenomenon, an event considered abnormal given that it did not usually occur for several consecutive years. In addition to the water shortage crisis, the drought caused the appearance of a severe plague of pine weevil (Dendroctonus frontalis), a beetle that naturally … [Read more...] about How a small beetle threatens water security in Honduras
This is what happened in Honduras between 2013 and 2016, the pine weevil, a beetle the size of a drop of water attacked an area equivalent to 1 million soccer fields in forests (500,000 hectares). This represents 25% of the countries' pine forest. Sadly, 100 million trees were destroyed. The affected area represents the loss of coverage that would have occurred in Honduras' … [Read more...] about How a bug small as a water drop can destroy 100 million trees in three years?
We are a few weeks away from Russia 2018 and we do not want to miss the most important match: the game against deforestation. In Guatemala, 115,000 hectares of forest are lost each year, equivalent to 450 soccer fields every day. Terrible, is not it? Although it is a country that still conserves 34% of its forests, with this rate of deforestation, in a period of 30 years it … [Read more...] about The game against deforestation. Won or lost?