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Bill to Protect Sierra Caral Remains Stalled in Congress

LADB Article ID: 78762
Category/Department: Guatemala
Date: 2012-10-11
By: Louisa Reynolds

Sierra Caral, in the department of Izabal on Guatemala’s Atlantic coast, is the most biodiverse forest remnant in Caribbean Guatemala. Environmentalists warn that the area, home to several endangered species, is under threat because "campesinos are invading Sierra Caral and are making their way up the mountains because they have been forcibly evicted by narco-ranchers in the Motagua Valley." Legislation to protect the area, was introduced in 2011, but did not move forward. And the measure remains stalled because the members o the lower house who took over in the January 2012 election appear to have no interest in this issue.

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