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Guatemala - Overview

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Main References

National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan

Fourth National Report



National Websites

Biodiversity Facts

Status and trends of biodiversity, including benefits from biodiversity and ecosystem services

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

Guatemala has the highest rate (13%) of species endemism in Central America however biodiversity in general is being degraded through land occupation and unsustainable land uses... More »

Main pressures on and drivers of change to biodiversity (direct and indirect)

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

Biodiversity loss is primarily due to the lack of mainstreaming and management of biodiversity components; insecurity about property rights and land use; lack of awareness, including in regard to the goods and services provided by biodiversity; lack of policy/legislation and institutional enforcement; high population growth, poverty and unemployment; prevailing agrarian structure... More »

Measures to Enhance Implementation of the Convention

Implementation of the NBSAP

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

In spite of advances made in relation to protected areas and awareness-raising in biological and cultural diversity since the NBSAP was completed in 1999, Guatemala has since recognized the NBSAP’s shortcomings for implementing the goals of the CBD... More »

Actions taken to achieve the 2020 Aichi Biodiversity Targets

Information not available at Secretariat level

Support mechanisms for national implementation (legislation, funding, capacity-building, coordination, mainstreaming, etc.)

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

Mainstreaming in the eco-tourism sector provides clear examples of the benefits provided to local communities, private companies, among other stakeholders, as a result of biodiversity management activities... More »

Mechanisms for monitoring and reviewing implementation

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

The National Biodiversity Policy (2011) calls for the establishment of a monitoring and evaluation system, accompanied by a set of indicators, for measuring the status of NBSAP implementation by all relevant actors (public and private)... More »

National Contacts

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Convention on Biological Diversity

Ing. Manuel Benedicto Lucas López
CBD Primary NFP, SBSTTA NFP
Mr. Francisco Ramiro Batzin Chojoj
Traditional Knowledge NFP
Licda. Gloria Marina Apén
Traditional Knowledge NFP
Dr. José Octavio Cajas Castillo
GTI NFP
Lic. Mercedes Violeta Barrios Ruiz
GTI NFP
Lic. Jorge Benjamín Jiménez Barrios
GSPC NFP
Ing. Helmer Dagoberto Ayala Vargas
ICNP ABS NFP
Licda. Mónica Lucia Barillas Rodas
CHM NFP
Mr. Fernando Castro
Protected Areas NFP

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Licda. Mónica Lucia Barillas Rodas
BCH NFP
Dr. César Augusto Azurdia Pérez
Cartagena Protocol Primary NFP

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