Development of a monitoring system for biodiversity and climate change in the Selva Maya region - 13_IV+_033 - 968 - Internationale Climate Initiative (IKI)

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Development of a monitoring system for biodiversity and climate change in the Selva Maya region

As of: January 2020

Objective and activities

The overall goal of the project is the promotion of regionally coordinated monitoring of biodiversity and climate change in the Selva Maya region, the results of which are to be incorporated in policy-making and thereby contributing toward the protection and sustainable use of biodiversity in the region. By strengthening the political and institutional framework, conditions for regional co-operation as well as the fostering of experience exchange and capacity-building, cross-border monitoring approaches will be supported. In addition the project aims at improving the communication between the scientific community and political decision-makers with regard to climate change and biodiversity. Policy makers will be sensitized for the relevance of environmental indicators in their respective area of work. At the same time monitoring institutions are assisted in the processing of the results and their effective communication to decision makers in respective sectors and at various levels.

State of implementation/results

  • The three countries of the Selva Maya Region, Guatemala, Belize and Mexico, use a new monitoring software (SMART) to improve the management of protected areas
  • The project also promotes the technical capacities of monitoring institutions (such as remote sensing, forest dynamics, water quality) and community-based monitoring (bird diversity, forest dynamics, mayan nut yields).
  • Particularly important is the support of cross-border exchange and cooperation on different monitoring topics. To support the exchange and cooperation between the three countries of the Selva Maya Region, a joint monitoring report has been published. Moreover, regular regional meetings foster the exchange among countries. – In addition, the project supports the development of an improved communication approach that enables the transfer of relevant monitoring results more efficiently to policy makers and the public. Further information on the projects’ actual status can be found at

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Project data

Belize, Guatemala, Mexico

Implementing organisation:
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Partner institution(s):
  • Central American Integration System (SICA)

BMU grant:
€ 5,000,000

08/2016 till 07/2021