The European Union Will Invest 50 Million Euros for Peten’s Conservation and Protection

The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, made the announcement.

by Pamela Contreras

Guatemala City, by Brenda Larios -AGN- During his visit to Guatemala to participate in the inauguration of President Bernardo Arévalo, the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, announced an investment of 50 million euros for the conservation and protection of the Petén.

Following the presidential inauguration ceremony, High Representative Borrell visited Uaxactún in Flores, Petén, where he made a series of statements.

Through an official statement, the EU indicated: “The European Union will invest 50 million additional euros in the program enabling the development of these communities.”

About the visit 

The high representative of the European Union verified the progress of different projects that this organization has supported in Petén.

Petén has more than 30 protected areas for approximately 600,000 people. This department must progress in the protection, conservation, and sustainable use of its natural and cultural resources.

High Representative Borrell emphasized that architectural vestiges represent the essence of the old Mayan culture that has survived in the middle of nature. He hopes the Petén society and the population of this community will benefit from their collaboration.

He also emphasized that they will continue working to protect and restore the forest and help 1,000 small and medium-sized producers and agroforestry cooperatives become more competitive.

He added that some of the products made in the region have the necessary quality to approach European markets in good competitive conditions.


During his visit to Petén, the EU High Representative reiterated his congratulations and support for President Bernardo Arévalo and Vice President Karin Herrera. 

He stated, “I am convinced that in this new era in Guatemala, a better, fairer, more inclusive balance will be built.”

He mentioned that the support of the indigenous peoples rescued democracy in Guatemala through their commitment to respecting the results of the elections. They have been occupying the streets for many days and demonstrating their support for the president.

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