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Conservation Concessions in the Maya Biosphere Reserve

Aimee Barnes, Matthew Ebright, Emily Gaskin and William Strain

In Guatemala, Conservation International and the
Guatemalan NGO ProPeten tried to negotiate a
conservation concession with local communities in
the Maya Biosphere. According to the terms of the
agreement, the communities would forgo their logging
rights in exchange for annual lease payments.
Although no agreement was ever established, this
experience still offers valuable insight into
conservation concessions.

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