Feature Story

Indigenous peoples are key allies for conservation and sustainable development efforts

August 9, 2020

Participants of agroecology training, Belize
Photo: SGP Belize

This story highlights the work being done through the GEF Small Grants Programme at the Green Creek Farmers’ Cooperative in Belize, where sustainable agricultural production and protection of flora and fauna define the community’s cultural identity.

Research shows that where indigenous peoples have control of their lands, forests and biodiversity flourish. In Belize, the partnership with the indigenous peoples of San Jose has yielded outstanding environmental and socio-economic results by focusing on agroforestry practices for livelihoods and safeguarding the crucial biological corridor that abuts the Columbia Forest Reserve – a key biodiversity area.