Towards the Future that is Wanted or the Paradise that is Lost? A Vision to Share: Punta de Manabique, Guatemala.

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A satellite view of the deforestation in the wildlife refuge Punta de Manabique in Guatemala, and a vision proposal to revert the actual destructive tendency.

Punta de Manabique is the only place in Guatemala with coral reefs. It is home to two endangered species: The Hammerhead Shark (Sphirna mokarran) and the Chumbimba (Vieja Maculicauda). It has the most extensive seagrasses in the country, beaches and waves, swamps, tall forests, palms, mangroves, guamiles and freshwater lagoons. It provides shelter to the largest number of migratory birds in Guatemala. The flooded forests or swamps of Confra (Manicaria saccifera), a species of palm, is one of the rarest ecosystems in Guatemala, which exists only in this region.

However, since 2005 the area has been rapidly deforested. Currently, the agricultural frontier continues, wood extraction, destruction of the Motagua river basin, fauna extraction, overfishing, garbage and pollution.

Dos Mares proposes an exit based on creating businesses with the vision of being a force for good within the framework of the Master Plan of the Reserve, where entrepreneurs can do much for the area and can show their country and the world that the Companies can be a force for good and inspire others to adopt the best business practices in this new millennium. They could be able to continually show that the benefits can and should go hand in hand with productive ecosystems and prosperous communities.

See the Story Map: Towards the Future that is Wanted or the Paradise that is Lost? A Vision to Share.

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