Bristol Society and Space

FILM: Sustaining Community Forestry in the Maya Forest – a participatory co-production

San Andres, Peten, Guatemala; allspice grove, Maya agroforestry practiced by Maya forest gardener at his farm

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Dr. Naomi Millner (School of Geographical Sciences), current Director of the MSc in Society and Space, recently returned from an extended research trip to Central America. She worked with community agro-ecologists and permaculturists in Chaipas, Guatemala, Mexico, and El Salvador. While there she made a 30 minute participatory film in Guatemala. The film, Sustaining Community Forestry in the Maya Forest, has just been published online. It follows a youth film-crew to document the experiences of living in communities that practice sustainably-managed forestry in the Maya Biosphere Reserve, Guatemala.

The youth film team co-designed the film and interviewed members of their community to tell the story of community forestry, and uncover important threats to the future of their community livelihoods.

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