Laguna Seca REDD+ Project
The Laguna Seca REDD+ project is being developed by the Forestland Group on approximately 8,300 hectares of their managed forests in northwestern Belize. Project activities include regular forest patrols, regular carbon monitoring, increased forest management training for local workers, and increased economic opportunities for communities near the project area.
The project is designed to protect one of the largest intact tropical rainforests in the region, an area renowned for its biodiversity. The project is located within the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor, one of the most important wildlife corridors in the world, and is part of a Conservation International Biodiversity Hotspot. The property has been the site of multiple biodiversity studies since the 1980’s, conducted by Bruce and Carolyn Miller formerly with the Wildlife Conservation Society. This area provides habitat for large predators such as the jaguar, puma, and ocelot and also has a documented history of yellow-headed parrot (Amazona oratrix), regulose rainfrog (Craugasto sabrinus), Baird’s tapir (Tapirus bairdii), Yucatan black howler monkey (Alouatta pigra), and Geoffrey’s spider monkey (Ateles geoffroyi). There are long-term plans to monitor biodiversity throughout the project property using camera traps installed and managed by local biodiversity experts.
The Forestland Group intends for this Project to be a focal point for forest protection in the Selva Maya region and ecosystem, demonstrating how carbon sequestration, biodiversity, and community benefits can be concurrently achieved. As a result of the Project’s profile within Belize, it is expected that the Project will act as a catalyst for other REDD projects regionally. Discussions with the Belize Association of Private Protected Areas (BAPPA) have already resulted in contacts regarding additional conservation projects throughout Belize.
Era Ecosystem Services led the design and implementation of field inventories for the measurement of carbon on the Laguna Seca project, and spearheaded community engagement meetings to incorporate local needs into the overall project design.
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