A conservation paradox is unfolding in Guatemala's protected areas. In the Maya Biosphere, western national parks have experienced the world's highest deforestation rates since their creation despite strict conservation laws. By contrast, in the east, biodiversity is high and deforestation rates are close to zero. What explains rampant corruption and conservation crime in some areas versus successful conservation outcomes in others?

David Aled Williams

Principal Adviser (U4) and Senior Researcher (CMI)