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Utilization of agricultural and forestry resources in Central Guatemalan Highlands: a case study

M Focacci (1)   , P Piussi (2), G Ciampi (3)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 4, Issue 5, Pages 242-247 (2011)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor0579-004
Published: Nov 03, 2011 - Copyright © 2011 SISEF

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This paper analyses some key findings emerged in the study of the Mayan community of S. José Sinaché, located in the Guatemalan Highlands. The research highlights how colonial and post-colonial legislation influences the actual land tenure and hampers the development of the community. Little land ownership together with high demographic growth lead to insufficient crop production. As a consequence, human pressure on S. José forest and seasonal migration to sugar cane plantations of the Pacific Coast is carried out by householders in order to ensure subsistence to their families. A multisectorial approach must be implemented in order to give socio-economical and environmentally sound answers. New cropping and agroforestry techniques have to be coupled with the reformation of land property distribution and the participation of indigenous communities to decisional processes.

  Keywords


Guatemala, Land Management, Deforestation, Farm Labour, Decentralization

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(1)
M Focacci
v. Gramsci, 447, I-50019 Sesto Fiorentino (Italy)
(2)
P Piussi
Department of Land Forest Management, University of Florence, Florence (Italy)
(3)
G Ciampi
Department of Geography, University of Florence, Florence (Italy)

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Focacci M, Piussi P, Ciampi G (2011). Utilization of agricultural and forestry resources in Central Guatemalan Highlands: a case study. iForest 4: 242-247. - doi: 10.3832/ifor0579-004

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Marco Borghetti

Paper history

Received: Feb 25, 2011
Accepted: Jun 13, 2011

First online: Nov 03, 2011
Publication Date: Nov 03, 2011
Publication Time: 4.77 months

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