Safeguarding Guatemalan Nature
Effectively conserving wildlife requires taking many different actions, often at the same time. Mónica Torres’ (FFN winner 2021) plan to protect the Campbell’s alligator lizard (Abronia campbelli) is the perfect example of an extensive and diverse conservation project. Within Conservation Abronia Mónica has set up programmes on habitat restoration and preservation, captive breeding and reintroduction, and community outreach and capacity building.
Mónica and her team at Conservation Abronia have just wrapped up their reforestation season for the year. The ultimate goal of the reforestation programme is to create biological corridors and increase the natural habitat for local wildlife, including the Campbell’s alligator lizard.
Besides the reforestation efforts, Mónica also reached out to the local community where they were reforesting, to raise awareness about the importance of nature conservation and create a connection between people and their natural environment.
Due to COVID-19, no general meetings or activities could be organised in the region, so to get in touch with locals Mónica went door to door. She visited every family in the community and talked with them about Conservation Abronia and the Campbell’s alligator lizard, and invited them to join the reforestation activities. Her strategy showed to be very successful as almost every household joined in planting trees, even the little kids!