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Association of forest communities of Peten. Guatemala. Equator Initiative Case Studies.

This paper examines how and why the organisation known as The Association of Forest communities of Peten came into existence. The organisation came into existence in response to unjust government policies which made protected areas of forested areas which was home to many communities which now had extremely prohibitive restrictions put upon them to the point where their livelihoods were unattainable. ACOFOP ensured community access to the forest by securing legal forest concessions for sustainable timber and NTFP extraction at the local level. This alongside with ecotourism development has lead to a number of positive impacts for around 2000 families.

United Nations Development Programme
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