Natural & Cultural Stewardship

Palm Sunday Connection: Deforestation in Belize

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:14:00 CDT  — by: Sustain Sewanee

jagAs a class project in Professor Evans' Conservation Biology course this semester, we are studying how the demand for palm leaves by churches on Palm Sunday has created a market for illegally harvested palm leaves from the rain forests of Belize and leading to deforestation and land degradation. 

We have learned that this "palm connection" is precipitating the loss of biodiversity in Chiquibul National Park, one of the last great rainforest preserves in Central America. We have created an awareness project to support the efforts of Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) that is leading efforts to solve this complex problem. The goal of our class project is to generate awareness of the ""palm connection"" to the loss of rainforest biodiversity in Belize and raise money to support FCD. Please watch the video to learn more about this problem and contribute if you can.

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