Environmental conservation in the forests of Petén, Guatemala, must address people's needs also

Officials and NGO representatives from the Guatemalan state of Petén flew to the capital "for an impromptu meeting with President Álvaro Colóm, who is unveilling a proposal that he says will promote forest conservation on a grand scale," Michael Stoll reports from Guatemala.

The attendees are "dubious. They've heard proposals before. There are lots of 'paper parks' in Guatemala, but little environmental enforcement because there is so little money"


Lots more, including blogging from Petén itself, with those living and making a living in the region while environmentalists fight about how to save the diminishing Maya forest, at http://www.futureofpeten.com

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