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Ya'axché Conservation Trust
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Harmony between nature and human development for the benefit of both
Harmony between nature and human development for the benefit of both

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"Trafficking of precious hardwoods persists"

Interesting read on the continued issue of illegal trafficking in precious hardwoods.

A high proportion of the illegal timber passing through Guatemala originates in Belize. Cross border incursions are threatening Honduran rosewood (Dalberia stevensonii) populations in Belize as the demand for exotic hardwood timber species increases from Asian markets. Ya'axché plays a pivotal role in managing the protected habitat of this species and valuable support from The Global Trees Campaign provides scientific data and capacity building for its conservation in Belize.

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Ya'axche offers bee keeping training to members of local communities, one of a range of sustainable farming practices promoted as part of our Community Outreach and Livelihoods program (http://bit.ly/1N7XDnZ). Here they are suiting up last weekend for their 3rd training session with our Extension Officer Mr Isidoro Sho.
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Ya'axché Conservation Trust's 'annual report' – a summary of results from our work in the Maya Golden Landscape – highlights tremendous conservation and human development achievements in 2014. http://yaaxche.org/files/annual_report_2014.pdf
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Primary school students from Columbia & Silver Creek communities went on an educational field trip into Bladen Nature Reserve. Students learned the why the protected areas is important to them, identified 3 endangered tree species along with other valuable tree species and increased knowledge of 3 different ecosystems.
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Get your "Living with Jaguars" calendar today (June 2015 - May 2016)!!! Only 20 limited supply of calendars going for BZD $30 each. Proceeds contribute to Jaguar conservation work with farmers. Contact us at 722-0108 or email max.caal@yaaxche.org.

With sufficient request, more can be printed for 2016.
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2015-05-26
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Escaped agricultural fires is the #1 cause of forest loss in the Maya Golden Landscape. We are raising awareness of and providing training in proper fire management. Stay updated with our work - subscribe to our newsletters at www.yaaxche.org/enewsletter.
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Happy Mother's Day to all Mothers! Give a thoughtful membership gift to your mom this year at www.yaaxche.org/support. By giving, you are supporting the protection of a significant globally biodiverse Maya Golden Landscape. #HappyMothersDay
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Two beetle specialists from Belgium, Arno Thomaes and Kevin Scheers, are currently investigating the dead wood inhabiting beetles and water beetles in Bladen Nature Reserve and surrounding areas. Around 40 new water beetle species have been discovered for Belize during this research.

“Water beetles are good indicators of the water quality. Therefore, getting an insight on the diversity of water beetle can help future water quality assessments. Dead wood beetles are better studied in Belize but still some new species are likely to be found. Dead wood beetles are mainly threatened by forest disturbance like logging, forest fires and hurricanes. So, protecting pristine areas of forests is very important to maintain their biodiversity”, commented the researchers.
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Today we celebrate the germination of 1,800 Inga edulis seedlings to help mother Earth. Inga alley-cropping farming technique improves soil fertility. In June, we will be distributing these seedlings to farmers in the Maya Golden Landscape. The goal is to reduce the advancement into forested areas in search of fertile soils. #earthday   #betterfarming   #alleycropping   
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"Faya! If yuh cyaan control it, noh staat it" 
Our annual Race Against Fire event was held in San Pedro Columbia on Holy Saturday. The main purpose of the event is to educate the communities how to properly use and manage fires especially during the dry season. Furthermore it provides information on other farming techniques that are better for the environment and people.

The main event was a 60-kilometer beach cruiser bicycle race starting from San Pedro Columbia to Ya'axché field center at Golden Stream and back to the host community. The first place winner of the bicycle race was Charles Nunez, 2nd place winner was Pedro Xi, and 3rd place winner was Devin Velasquez. There were various station prizes along the race route. Other activities included poster, poem and song competitions for primary schools, slow bicycle race, corn shelling, watermelon eating, circuit race and fire penalty shoot out competition.

Ya’axché would like to congratulate the winners of the bicycle race and other competitions. Ya’axché would like to extend its sincerest thank you to the supporters of the Race Against Fire, the Police and Traffic Department for traffic control, The Belize Red Cross, San Pedro Columbia School and Parent Teacher's Association and the communities.

http://yaaxche.org/newsletter/raceagainstfire.html
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Race Against Fire 2015
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