Development of business models for cooperation with the private sector as a tool for socially acceptable restoration of near-natural forests
As of: March 2020
Objective and activities
Based on experiences from previous projects this project aims at promoting socially acceptable restoration of near-natural forests in two regions of Guatemala. In cooperation with the private sector, business as well as CSR models will be developed that allow the financing of protection and restoration of forests in the long run. Pilot projects will be run to develop value chains which contribute to restoring forests and providing a more diversified income to the local population. Through collaboration with the private sector and other relevant Guatemalan and German institutions possible forms of cooperation within the pilot projects will be designed (i.a. investments, sponsorships, crowd funding). The systematic experiences made during the pilot projects shall help to define specific criteria for improving national as well as international initiatives and strategies for socially acceptable restoration of near-natural forests.
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: www.regenwald-schuet-zen.org/…
- 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: www.revistayuam.com/…
- Further project information: www.regenwald-schuetzen.org/…