ENVIRONMENT & EDUCATION PROJECTS
Tropical deforestation is one of the greatest threats to life on our planet, but New Roots Foundation has identified various solutions embedded within the wake of this issue; lucrative and sustainable community forest management, ecotourism projects, forest conservation, and youth leadership training.
Guatemala has one million hectares of available land it could harness for reforestation. Our model links best business practices with pre-existing community resources by introducing valuable forest-based products and services that create both economic and environmental opportunities.
New Roots Foundation focuses on two forested regions of Guatemala: the northwest region around Laguna Brava and the Pacific south coast. We work in communities who trust us, in ways that are environmentally friendly and utilize good business.
WHERE WE WORK
We’ve planted over 700,000 trees across Guatemala
New Roots reforests and restores landscapes by working with partner communities to plant valuable hardwood trees, which could provide millions of dollars in the long and short-term.
New Roots holds workshops in planting, tending, processing forest products, and valuing local resources.
We help communities diversify through agroforestry
New Roots supplies cacao plants and other shade-dependent products like vanilla and xaté to add short-term value to maturing forests. Our regular trainings and local support ensure these communities are using smart, organic growing methods.
After years of careful tending, we are now working with our partner communities to expand the infrastructure for processing raw cacao using local, sustainable resources.
We support leadership and knowledge-sharing
New Roots partners with local experts and NGOs to bring inspiring workshops to young leaders and community groups.
New Roots provides scholarships to students learning agroforestry.
New Roots funds travel for community leaders to learn from successful projects across Guatemala.
We’ve protected 675 hectares of pristine forest
New Roots helped set aside 675 hectares of biodiverse Laguna Brava as protected land with the help of local communities. We also link forested lands to national ecosystem payment plans to support another 250 hectares.
New Roots works with communities around Laguna Brava to promote the area as an ecotourism destination by designing eco-lodges and outdoor activities.
We believe in strong local governance
New Roots helped establish and legally register 6 community associations to govern land management decisions. These associations partner with New Roots to discuss their goals for planting trees and using income from forest or ecotourism projects to develop their community and conserve their environment.