Between the Forest and the Sea, Part 2 by Bear Guerra

The second multimedia slideshow from our Guna (or Kuna) Yala files: We follow Andrés de León and the Yarsuisuit collective, a group of men who grow and harvest food sustainably in the Guna mainland forest. Thanks in part to their exceptional sovereignty and land tenure, the Guna have preserved their primary forests for hundreds of years through their cooperative use of the land and their cultural and spiritual traditions rooted in conservation. This series was made possible by a grant from

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Returning to Kuna Yala, Panama by Bear Guerra

We're honored to be amongst Mongabay's new Special Reporting Initiative fellows! This summer, we'll be reporting from Panama, exploring what’s at stake for the Kuna, whose livelihoods are already being affected by sea level rise and climate change. We'll also look at the ways in which they are adapting to it while trying to preserve their customs and sovereign control of their forests.

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