Projects - International Climate Initiative (IKI)

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As of: September 2016

Tropical forest conservation and sustainable community development in the Sierra del Lacandón National Park (Guatemala)

Objective and activities

The project planned to reduce deforestation in the Sierra del Lacandón National Park in Guatemala. It supported the development of national and international regulations that integrate the conservation of biodiversity and poverty reduction into mechanisms to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). At local level, a pilot project has been carried out with the participation of local people. Additional funding was used to improve capacity for monitoring primary forest that is still in good condition, so that deforestation can be stopped directly. Furthermore the project improved the legal position of the people living in the national park, established systems of incentives for afforestation and forest conservation activities and thus created alternative sources of income. At national level, it advised the Guatemalan Government on legislation regarding climate change, REDD+ and environmental services. At international level, the project experiences are still fed into the REDD+ discussions and negotiations.

State of implementation/results

  • Project completed
  • An inter-institutional group (protected area authority, church organisations, local administrations) and local project cooperation committees have been set up
  • Regulations on reforestation were agreed at an expert meeting (including protected area authority, forestry authority, regional organisations)
  • Areas have been mapped and plans for enrichment planting schemes completed; afforestation work
  • Studies have been carried out on the more detailed design of a fund to finance the project activities
  • Alternative sources of income have been identified (arts and crafts, use of wood); regulations for environmental services have been developed as part of a government compensation programme for local people; gaps in legislation have been identified, on the basis of which options for incorporating environmental services into national legislation have been developed
  • Patrols founded for inspecting/monitoring areas of primary forest
  • Experience gained in the REDD+ pilot project has been processed; workshop on risks in the project area were held
  • Communication with other international REDD+ projects has been promoted; a database of REDD+ projects was set up
  • A communications strategy has been developed to make information material accessible for national decision-makers; a project newsletter has been compiled and a project launch event held
  • A national REDD promotion group to implement REDD+ projects has been set up

Project data


Partner institution:

National protected area authority (CONAP), Fundación Defensores de la Naturaleza (FDN)

Implementing organisation:

OroVerde - Die Tropenwaldstiftung, Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development

BMUB grant:
€ 874,712

01/2011 till 12/2015


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