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Promoting Sustainable and Resilient Territories in Landscapes of the Central Volcanic Chain of Guatemala

The initiative to restore degraded forests with the use of landscape management tools that favor biological connectivity between agricultural/forestry productive systems and protected areas has been developed by CARE Guatemala to be implemented in seven townships of the department of Quetzaltenango, and one of the department of Sololá.

This project contributes to the results 1 and 2 of the project: “Promoting Sustainable and Resilient Territories in Landscapes of the Central Volcanic Chain of Guatemala”, promoted by UNDP with resources from the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

For result no. 1: The development of favorable conditions for the generation of multiple global environmental benefits through sustainable agricultural/forestry production models, and economic incentives derived from improved markets and ecosystem services. In addition, the project will facilitate access to the forest incentive program (PINPEP or PROBOSQUE) which seeks to strengthen the sustainable management of the forest and improve environmental services in Boca Costa and the highland area. 

For result no. 2: To generate multiple environmental benefits through the connectivity of protected areas within sustainably managed productive landscapes in the central volcanic chain in Guatemala.  The project will develop: 1) Biological connectivity processes, 2) Landscape management tools, and 3) Energy-efficient stoves.

To achieve the objectives above, partnerships will be established with municipal authorities to strengthen the technical forestry offices and the Municipal Directorates for Women (DMM) with the technical-scientific support of Regional University Centers of the University of San Carlos of Guatemala. This will contribute to establishing coordination connections with the government entities in power, mainly with the National Forest Institute (INAB), the National Council for Protected Areas (CONAP), and other local organizations.

The Project will promote the active and effective participation of women and the young population in community management projects to improve the power dynamics, specifically when it comes to the decision-making on the use and protection of forests, access to forest incentives, and planning the diversification of the farm system, so that the gap in development opportunities between men and women can be reduced. 

General objective

To restore degraded forests with the use of landscape management tools and firewood-saving stoves, which favor biological connectivity between agricultural/forestry production systems and protected areas.

Results

  • 1,720 hectares of passive biological connection established between agricultural/forestry production systems and protected areas.
  • 570 hectares restored using native species and landscape management tools (reforestation, agroforestry systems, and natural regeneration areas).
  • 50 hectares of natural forest entered the INAB Forest Incentives Program.
  • 1,000 households reduced carbon emissions through the use of energy-efficient stoves.

Participants

  • Direct: 2,314 men and 2,459 women.
  • Indirect: 10,241 men and 11,096 women.

Expected results

50 hectares of land to be included to the forestry incentive program (PINPEP or PROBOSQUE) which seeks to strengthen the sustainable forest management and improve environmental services in Boca Costa and the highland area.

To obtain multiple environmental benefits through the connectivity of protected areas within sustainably managed productive landscapes in the central volcanic chain in Guatemala. The project will develop:

Passive biological connectivity processes in 1,720 hectares of land between agricultural/forestry production systems and protected areas, including the development of 10 conservation agreements or protocols between community organizations or municipalities in Boca Costa and the highland area. 

Landscape management tools: The restoration of 570 hectares in total, including 145 hectares of native species, 95 hectares of agroforestry system, and 330 hectares of excluded areas for natural regeneration. This seeks to strengthen a sustainable land management, a sustainable forest management, and the conservation of biodiversity in the productive landscapes of Boca Costa and the highland area, in order to improve the connectivity between territories whose biological value is significant.

To facilitate the implementation of 1,000 energy-efficient stoves to benefit the same number of households. This will contribute to save firewood and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, as a climate change mitigation measure.

Partners and allies

In order to reach the project objectives, partnerships will be established with municipal authorities to strengthen the technical forestry offices and the Municipal Directorates for Women (DMM) through the technical-scientific contributions of the Regional University Centers of the University of San Carlos of Guatemala. In addition, we will establish coordination connections with the government entities in power, but mainly with the National Forest Institute (INAB), the National Council for Protected Areas (CONAP), and other local organizations.

Areas covered