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Development of business models for cooperation with the private sector as a instrument for socially acceptable restoration of near-natural forests

As of: May 2020

Objective and activities

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.
Predecessor project(s)
Tropical forest protection and sustainable community development in the Sierra del Lacandón National Park in Guatemala

State of implementation/results

  • Pilot project to restore degraded forests and landscapes in Guatemala. Lessons-learned from the focus on protected areas are disseminated on the national level. The project contributes to the implementation of Guatemala’s NDC and is mentioned in Guatemala’s national Restoration Strategy.
  • Project promotes development of local communities in cocoa cultivation and processing, honey production, bread nut collection (Rámon) and improvement of agroforestry systems. In 2018, a total of about 350 hectares of degraded land (such as fallow land and unused pastures) were restored through biodiverse agroforestry systems and reforestation with indigenous species. To date, 693 families have participated in the project's activities. A monitoring system was developed to assess the impact of the project on forest areas and the target group. Small farmers' committees have joined forces to form three second-degree committees (the preliminary stage of a cooperative) and jointly organized the further processing and marketing of their cocoa harvest from the biodiverse agroforestry systems. With the support of the project, the marketing of cocoa from Sierra de las Minas on the national and international market was further promoted (further processing on site through training courses and technical facilities).
  • The project continues to present results at various national forums and international events and contacts are established with potential buyers of products from the biodiverse agroforestry systems both in Germany and in Guatemala.
  • Project Newsletter No. 4 was published. This issue focuses on the marketing of the first processed cocoa and possible criteria for cooperation with the private sector:…
  • The publication "Productive Forest Reconstruction in Protected Areas of Guatemala" was published in the Mesoamerican Journal of Biodiversity and Climate Change "Yuám". Preliminary project results are summarized here:…
  • Further project information:…

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Project data


Implementing organisation:
OroVerde - Die Tropenwaldstiftung

Partner institution(s):
  • Ministry of Agriculture (MAGA) - Guatemala, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN) - Guatemala, National Forest Institute (INAB) - Guatemala
  • Fundación Defensores de la Naturaleza - Guatemala,Heifer International - USA

BMU grant:
4.000.000,00 €

10/2015  till  09/2020



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