Palm Sunday Connection: Deforestation in Belize
As 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. 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. Each of us produced a video that traces different facets of this connection and each highlights the excellent work of the Belizean non-profit organization, 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 our videos on this page, learn about the problems, and donate to support the work of FCD and their efforts to find solutions.