Development of business models for cooperation with the private sector as a instrument for socially acceptable restoration of near-natural forests
As of: October 2021
State programmes for forest protection and restoration take insufficient account of the protection of biodiversity and the support of local communities that have a major impact on forest areas. In cooperation with the private sector, the project develops sources of financing for the protection of biodiversity and the participation of the local population: forest areas are restored through agroforestry systems, for example, and smallholders are supported in implementing governmental requirements for the sustainable use of the areas in question. In model projects for the cocoa, honey and breadnut value chains, the project develops additional income opportunities for the population while at the same time conserving natural resources. The project experiences are to be used to develop criteria for efficient forest restoration strategies, and sustainable alternative uses and value chains of forest products are to be disseminated at local and national levels.
Tropical forest protection and sustainable community development in the Sierra del Lacandón National Park in Guatemala
State of implementation/results
- The project contributes to the achievement of Guatemala's NDC and is identified as an implementation activity in the National Strategy for Forest Restoration. It is part of the 20x20 initiative of the Bonn Challenge. --The project strengthens the development of local communities to independently manage the production, processing and marketing of products from biodiverse agroforestry systems, such as cacao. To date, 1,500 families are participating in project activities.
- So far, the project has improved the protection of about 180,960 ha of primary forest, restored 932 ha of forest, and put 560 ha of already restored forest to sustainable use. These figures are currently being reported to the National Roundtable for the Reconstruction of Forest Landscapes for inclusion in Guatemala's report on the achievement of the NDC.
- A monitoring system to track the impact of the project on forest land and on target group has been developed. Results include the positive impact of biodiverse agroforestry systems on local bird diversity. Monitoring will be further expanded in the second phase of the project.
- Smallholder committees have formed what are now ten umbrella associations for honey and cocoa marketing. The producers' association Asociación integral de pequeños productores agroforestales de Sierras de las Minas (ASIPASM) and the commercial branch Productos verdes de la Sierra were also officially founded.
- In 2019, it was possible to produce and sell the first chocolate made with cacao from the biodiverse agroforestry systems in the Sierra de las Minas. In 2020, another ton of cacao from the project was exported to Germany.
- The project is presented at various national forums and international events, and contacts are made both in Germany and internationally with other buyers of the products from these biodiverse agroforestry systems. To market the products from the project and other projects, the cooperative DeLaSelva Regenwaldprodukte e.G. was founded in Germany at the end of 2019.--The project newsletter No.4-5 was published: www.regenwald-schuetzen.org/… .
- The publication "Productive Forest Reconstruction in Protected Areas of Guatemala" was published in the Mesoamerican Journal of Biodiverstity and Climate Change "Yuám": www.revistayuam.com
- Five different financing models for sustainable forest reconstruction were investigated. The first results of these have been published: www.regenwald-schuetzen.org/…