Conservation image Maya Initiative

The Maya civilization once encompassed a vast area of parts of present-day Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. After its collapse, the intense biological activity of this hot and humid area resulted in vegetal recolonization of the temples and cities. Today the sites are under threat from both natural and human forces. To address conservation issues of this common heritage, the governments of El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico signed a cooperative agreement to advance conservation heritage practices in the region. Photo: Guillermo Aldana. (1999–2009)