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

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.

Project data

IKI funding
7,099,995.00 €
10/2015 till 12/2023
Implementing organisation
OroVerde - Die Tropenwaldstiftung
Political Partner
  • Ministry of Agriculture (MAGA) - Guatemala
  • Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN) - Guatemala
  • National Forest Institute (INAB) - Guatemala
Implementing Partner
  • Fundación Defensores de la Naturaleza - Guatemala
  • Heifer International - USA

State of implementation/results

  • The project contributes to the achievement of Guatemala's NDC and is identified as an implementation activity in the National Strategy for Forest Restoration. It is part of the 20x20 initiative of the Bonn Challenge.
  • The project strengthens the development of local communities to independently manage the production, processing and marketing of products from biodiverse agroforestry systems, such as cacao. To date, 1,500 families are participating in project activities.
  • So far, the project has improved the protection of about 180,960 ha of primary forest, restored 932 ha of forest, and put 560 ha of already restored forest to sustainable use. A total of 38,800 trees were planted in 2021 to maintain and establish new agroforestry systems.
  • Strengthening producer associations: Further training needs of community associations have been identified. Producers will be strengthened in their bookkeeping, in the operation of processing facilities or in marketing strategies.
  • The producers' association ASIPASM has obtained organic certification for its cocoa from the highlands of the Sierra de las Minas. This means they have overcome another market hurdle and have already found international buyers through the DeLaSelva cooperative for their current crop of four tons of organic cacao.
  • Thanks to an increased willingness to donate to support the affected beekeepers, crop losses due to the pest infestation of the small hive beetle (Aethina tumida) could be absorbed. After experts assessed the level of infestation in the hives, a zoosanitary pest control plan is now in effect, which includes nature-friendly pest traps, decontamination of colonies, combs and hives, and finally the rearing of new queens.
  • To register the project impacts, impact indicators for the domains of sustainability (environmental, socio-economic and political) were developed with the project team. Using the methodology of the "Domain of Change" and with the help of a graphical representation in a so-called "SCALAR tool", the degree of change is presented.
  • Five different financing models for sustainable forest restoration were published:…

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