Guatemala means “land of trees” and still large parts of this stunning landscape are covered in rainforests and rolling green hillsides.
- Guatemala’s national tree is the Ceiba, also known as kapok or silk cotton tree
- Guatemala’s fascinating ancient Mayan civilization lived from 300 AD to about 900 and invented modern mathematics and the 365 day calendar, among other things
But even this paradise is not immune to the effects of climate change. Exhaustive agriculture practices, especially in the production of coffee, have resulted in the worst drought of past decades. The so-called “corredor seco” (dry corridor) has led to failed crops and famine across the country. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has stepped in to provide immediate support to the communities affected, but is keen to promote sustainable, long-term solutions. That is why Land Life and the FAO are joining forces and setting up two Cocoon pilots in different regions. Hopefully, by this time next year we can begin to structurally help the people of Guatemala reduce the impact of a changing climate on their country and their lives.