Development of business models for cooperation with the private sector as a tool for socially acceptable restoration of near-natural forests - 15_III_062 - 907 - Internationale Climate Initiative (IKI)

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

As of: November 2019

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.

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

State of implementation/results

  • Project in implementation
  • 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.
  • The project promotes the development of local communities in the areas of cocoa cultivation and processing, honey production, collection of breadnuts (also known as Maya nut) and improvement of agroforestry systems.
  • During the 20x20 Initiative’s investment roundtable in October 2017, first contacts to potential investors has been established.
  • So far, 693 families participate in the project’s activities. 232 hectares of biodiverse agroforestry systems in three protected areas have been established (Sierra del Lacandón, Sierra de las Minas and Bocas del Polochic) and sustainably managed. – A monitoring system to evaluate the project’s impact on forested areas is under development.

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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

10/2015 till 09/2020