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: August 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.
  • In 2018, a total of about 350 hectares of degraded land (such as brownfields and unused pastures) were restored through biodiverse agroforestry systems and reforestation with indigenous species.
  • To date, 693 families have participated in project activities.
  • A monitoring system to assess the impact of the project on forest areas is under development.
  • Smallholder committees from a total of 11 communities have joined together to form a second-degree committee (the preliminary stage of a cooperative) and are jointly organising the further processing and marketing of their cocoa harvest from the biodiverse agroforestry systems.
  • With the support of the project, fermentation and drying plants for cocoa were built and the farmers received training in their use so that the producers no longer sell their cocoa fresh but process it further.
  • The project will continue to be presented at various national forums and international events, and contacts will be made with potential buyers of products from the biodiverse agroforestry systems in both Germany and Guatemala. – The third project newsletter was published and sent to the different networks. This issue focuses on beekeeping and potential business models such as crowdfunding and cooperatives.
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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

10/2015 till 09/2020