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Status on Key Actions

PoWPA Key Action Implementation Progress Global Average
1.1: To establish and strengthen national and regional systems of protected areas integrated into a global network as a contribution to globally agreed goals 2 - Activity fully underway 2
1.2: To integrate protected areas into broader land- and seascapes and sectors so as to maintain ecological structure and function 0 - Not yet begun, no progress 1
1.3: To establish and strengthen regional networks, transboundary protected areas (TBPAs) and collaboration between neighbouring protected areas across national boundaries 1 - Just started, limited progress 1
1.4: To substantially improve site-based protected area planning and management 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 2
1.5: To prevent and mitigate the negative impacts of key threats to protected areas 1 - Just started, limited progress 1
2.1: To promote equity and benefit-sharing 0 - Not yet begun, no progress 1
2.2: To enhance and secure involvement of indigenous and local communities and relevant stakeholders 0 - Not yet begun, no progress 2
2.1: Progress in assessing protected area governance 0 - Not yet begun, no progress 1
3.1: To provide an enabling policy, institutional and socio-economic environment for protected areas 1 - Just started, limited progress 2
3.1: Progress in assessing the contribution of protected areas to local and national economies 0 - Not yet begun, no progress 1
3.2: To build capacity for the planning, establishment and management of protected areas 1 - Just started, limited progress 2
3.3: To develop, apply and transfer appropriate technologies for protected areas 0 - Not yet begun, no progress 1
3.4: To ensure financial sustainability of protected areas and national and regional systems of protected areas 1 - Just started, limited progress 1
3.5: To strengthen communication, education and public awareness 1 - Just started, limited progress 2
4.1: To develop and adopt minimum standards and best practices for national and regional protected area systems 1 - Just started, limited progress 1
4.2: To evaluate and improve the effectiveness of protected areas management 2 - Activity fully underway 1
4.3: To assess and monitor protected area status and trends 1 - Just started, limited progress 1
4.4: To ensure that scientific knowledge contributes to the establishment and effectiveness of protected areas and protected area systems 0 - Not yet begun, no progress 1
Progress in incorporating climate change aspects into protected areas 1 - Just started, limited progress 1
Progress in marine protected areas 1 - Just started, limited progress 1

Priority Actions

2012 - 2020

SFM / REDD+ and SLM pilot projects reduce land degradation, enhance carbon stocks and improve biodiversity conservation in the southeast and western Guatemala.
2012 - 2019 $13,372,516
2016 $2,299,184 Pilot 1: SFM/REDD+ SLM enhances carbon stocks and reduces deforestation in the dry forest in a dry mountain landscape in southeastern Guatemala.
2018 $2,299,184 SFM/REDD+ improve and restore dry forest carbon stocks over a period of 5 years.
2018 $2,299,184 Emissions prevented from dry forest deforestation throughout a period of 5 years.
2017 $2,299,184 Improved forest management provides sustained flows of water in three basins.
2018 $2,299,184 Improve by 10% capacity of local staff and community measured by indicators of capacity development.
2018 $469,149 Pilot 2: SFM / REDD+ increases ecosystem connectivity and contributes to biodiversity conservation in rainforest mountains in western Guatemala.
2018 $469,149 Emissions prevented from rainforest mountain deforestation throughout a period of 5 years.
2018 $469,149 Maintaining connectivity in five productive landscapes contributes to species population stability of biological groups.
2018 $469,149 Improve capacity of local staff and community measured by capacity development indicators (CONAP, INAB and MAGA). 35 municipal technicians and 150 community technicians trained in SLM, SFM, REDD+, carbon monitoring and biodiversity conservation practices.
Normative and institutional framework integrates the principles of SFM (Sustainable Forest Management) and SLM (Sustainable Land Management) and strengthen environmental integrated territorial management.
2012 - 2017 $2,350,686
2016 $1,175,343 Link policy and institutional environment to integrate SLM and SFM principles into land planning through national policies to ensure the flow of multiple ecosystem services for SFM / REDD+, LD, BD CCM and biodiversity.
2016 $1,175,343 Improve by 10% the capacity of national staff, measured by capacity development indicators (CONAP, INAB and MAGA). 30 national experts trained in SLM, SFM, REDD+, carbon monitoring and biodiversity conservation practices.
Strengthen sustainable productive management of natural resources in communal lands through proper community management.
2012 - 2014 $195,000
2013 $45,000 Implement, validate, and reformulate the technical guidelines of existing forest management to suit the ecological and cultural conditions of communal lands.
2013 $100,000 Support the development and implementation of sustainable production processes in communal lands.
2013 $50,000 Promote the exchange of experiences of productive natural resources management in communal lands between local organizations in order to strengthen partnerships and linkages.
Reduce conflict among stakeholders in protected area management in communal lands regarding rights of access, possession, use and administration.
2012 - 2014 $210,000
2013 $30,000 Identify and characterize the cases where there are conflicts and contradictions between protected areas and management of communal lands.
2013 $25,000 Design and establish a roadmap for the analysis and conflict transformation in communal lands and protected areas.
2013 $75,000 Actively participate in the processes of conflict transformation, taking into account traditional forms of resolution (local authorities, council of elders, local mediators) that indigenous and local communities implement.
2013 $80,000 Review and promote changes to laws (forestry, protected areas, environmental, agricultural) in order to avoid contradictions and articulate its application with the principles of indigenous customary law of conflict management related to access and use natural resource in communal lands.
Strengthen national mechanisms for threat mitigation based on the integrated portfolio.
2012 - 2016 $7,100,000
2015 $5,000,000 Establish projects for wastewater management (residential and industrial) based on technologies developed at national level in the following priority areas: a. 5 priority watersheds in Guatemala's Pacific b. Cuilco River Basin c. Motagua River Basin d. Chixoy River Basin.
2015 $2,000,000 Establish solid waste management and processing projects in high concentration urban areas meeting the priorities of the following cities: a. Guatemala b. Quetzaltenango c. Coban d. Huehuetenango
2015 $100,000 Influence so that gap analysis is taken into account as a guideline for interventions in hazard mitigation and restoration of ecosystems such as: a. Soil conservation, b. Protection of headwaters basins and gallery forests, c. Integrated Fire Management, d. Adaption to climate change, e. Recovery of strategic ecosystems (i.e. mangroves, cattail marshes, dry forest)
Encourage embedded generation of scientific and collective traditional knowledge.
2012 - 2014 $315,000
2013 $45,000 Develop integration between actors involved in collective traditional knowledge management related to biodiversity and ecosystem services
2013 $75,000 Identify collective traditional knowledge related to the use and conservation of biological diversity
2013 $100,000 Strengthen and promote collective, traditional scientific research and technological development
2013 $55,000 Develop integration mechanisms between collective traditional knowledge and scientific knowledge
2013 $40,000 Integrate collective traditional knowledge related to biodiversity into education, training and advocacy programs at local, regional and national levels
Institutionalize sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem services.
2012 - 2020 $415,000
2014 $50,000 Establish criteria and indicators to ensure the sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem services
2014 Evaluate and systematize recent experiences of use of biodiversity.
2014 $45,000 Incorporate sustainability criteria to policy, legal and regulatory frameworks on the use of biological diversity and ecosystem services
2014 $40,000 Promote the development of manuals and technical frameworks on practices of sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem services
2014 $45,000 Strengthen and promote the creation of sustainable spaces of production and marketing of products derived from biodiversity and ecosystem services
2014 $115,000 Develop the National Bio-Commerce Program to ensure conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem services
2014 $120,000 Strengthen incentive programs for the use of biological diversity and ecosystem services
Implement financial mechanisms that contribute to the financial sustainability of SIGAP
2012 - 2020 $85,000
2015 $25,000 Implement identified financial mechanisms, according to the diagnostic results of the existing policy for the correct application of the same, to contribute to the financial sustainability of SIGAP.
2017 $22,000 Political negotiation and participation of stakeholders for the harmonization, vision and definition of financial mechanisms with greater impact.
2017 $8,000 Cooperation agreements with state institutions and organizations involved
2020 $30,000 Public-private partnerships to adequately and efficiently articulate, coordinate and implement mechanisms
Reduce biodifversity traffic by 25% in the country.
2012 - 2015 $5,000,000
2013 $2,000,000 Strengthen the Directorate of Nature Protection (DIPRONA) to combat biodiversity trafficking, particularly in a. Petén, b. Alta Verapaz, c. Izabal and d. Costa Sur
2014 $3,000,000 Establish environment prosecutors at the departmental level, particularly in a. Izabal, b. Petén, c. Huehuetenango and d. Alta Verapaz
Ensure respect for the gaps portfolio in the design of mega infrastructure projects in the country.
2012 - 2015 $70,000
2013 $50,000 Internalize strategic territories defined by gap analysis into institutional planning for different sectors including a. mining, b. oil, c. agro-industrial and d. energy.
2014 $20,000 Influence the final design of infrastructure projects in order to minimize impacts on priority sites, including: a. Northern transversal strip b. Dry canal connecting the Pacific Coast and Caribbean. c. Pacific marine coastal strip.
Implement risk management mechanisms for the main threats to biodiversity product of high-impact projects, use of modern biotechnology, chemical use and introduction of alien invasive species.
2012 - 2015 $2,200,000
2013 $200,000 Strengthen the technical unit within CONAP responsible for the review of environmental assessment tools.
2013 $1,000,000 Incorporate elements of biodiversity viability into environmental management tools in MARN, MEM and INAB : a. Identify and diagnose environmental management tools currently used; b. Incorporate sustainability elements to management tools in MARN: exhaustive list; terms of reference for environmental assessments, environmental impact studies and initial environmental assessments; mitigation studies of MEM; management tools used by INAB; c. Strengthen unit in MARN responsible for assessment and project monitoring and tracking, in order to have jurisdiction over biodiversity issues
2015 $1,000,000 Develop in conjunction with MAGA control and management mechanisms for harmful substances to biodiversity used in fertilizers, herbicides, chemical pesticides, cyanide and other agro-chemicals: a. Identify and diagnose the mechanisms currently used; b. Identify harmful substances and create database of information available to the general public; c. Establish biodiversity protection criteria that products must meet; d. Modify existing mechanisms based on criteria and / or create new regulations
Promote and strengthen the restoration of strategic ecosystems and populations to ensure their survival and ecosystem services.
2012 - 2018 $4,000,000
2016 $1,000,000 Developing local models for the restoration of biodiversity and ecosystem services
2018 $3,000,000 Develop a national program to promote and encourage the restoration of ecosystems and strategic populations
Improve linkages between policies and instruments of Guatemalan Protected Areas System (SIGAP for its Spanish acronym) and communal lands.
2012 - 2014 $280,000
2013 $60,000 Review and reajust SIGAP's policies and management tools to make them more relevant and respectful of community collective rights on communal lands, especially the "Guidelines for the Preparation of Technical Studies and the Declaration of Protected Areas" and the "Guidelines for the Preparation of Master Plans and other needed plans".
2013 $45,000 Strengthen SIGAP's technical and financial capabilities to meet the demands and needs of natural resources management and conservation in communal lands located in protected areas and other communal conservation areas not part of SIGAP.
2013 $60,000 Strengthen organizational, technical, operational and financial capacities for local management and administration of communal lands in protected areas and other communal conservation areas not part of SIGAP.
2013 $40,000 Expand SIGAP's ecological and cultural representation based on proper articulation and recognition of communal lands.
2013 $75,000 Ensure and promote appropriate consultation and inclusion of communities and their forms of governance of communal lands in the declaration process, administration, management and monitoring of protected areas.
Review and reajust a system of categories and governance of protected areas that fully respects the existence and management of communal lands.
2012 - 2014 $177,000
2013 $37,000 Analyze and promote the creation of a management category that respects the collective renewal natural resources management and governance forms in communcal lands and indigenous territories.
2013 $30,000 Establish a flexible and friendly process for communities to voluntarily register their communal lands in the SIGAP.
2013 $40,000 Design and adopt a procedure, which allows the State to recognize and respect local conservation efforts without converting communal spaces into new protected areas.
2013 $35,000 Promote the establishment of technical and financial mechanisms, such as economic incentives, to strengthen communal land management registered under the SIGAP.
2013 $35,000 Include community management as an alternative process for PA administration and management.
Economic valuation of SIGAP's ecosystem services, in order to identify the economic benefits provided by protected areas.
2012 - 2020 $215,000
2017 $20,000 Establish the conceptual framework of economic, social and human evaluation of biodiversity and ecosystem services supported by academia and other institutions.
2017 $45,000 Systematize and record assessment experiences at national, local and regional levels.
2019 $100,000 Value biodiversity, especially when linked to local economies, rural livelihoods and high impact on GDP.
2020 $50,000 Incorporate the value of biodiversity and ecosystem services to existing planning systems at local, national and regional levels.
Establish and strengthen mechanisms to achieve conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in 50% of the extension of the integrated portfolio.
2012 - 2018 $22,500,000
2015 $10,000,000 Improve representativeness level of terrestrial ecosystems (15%) in at least 7 areas according to the following priorities: a) tropical dry forest, b) subtropical montane rain forest, c) subtropical thorn scrub, d) subtropical dry forest, e) subtropical rainforest, f) subtropical rainforest (temperate), and g) subtropical lower montane rain forest
2018 $10,000,000 Establish a marine area network linked to established terrestrial protected areas in the Pacific and Caribbean coast of Guatemala, taking into consideration ecosystem management of watersheds according to the following priorities: a) Manchon-Guamuchal, b) AUM Monterrico, c) PN Sipacate-Naranjo and d) AUM Sarstun marine area proposed according to master plan.
2016 $2,500,000 3. Employ the Guatemalan PA System (SIGAP) as territorial planning axis mainly in key areas of ecosystem representativeness, such as: a) Minas Mountain Biosphere Reserve, b) Maya Biosphere Reserve, c) Los Cuchumatanes Mountain, d) Fraternity Trifinio Biosphere Reserve, e) Central Highlands
Strengthen the legal, political and financial frameworks of marine protected areas to protect coastal marine biodiversity and its sustainable use.
2012 - 2016 $2,292,970
2015 $800,000 Establish three new multi-use MPA and expansion of two coastal protected areas included in the SIGAP.
2015 $800,000 Promote conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in MPA and their buffer zones through an appropriate legal and policy environment.
2015 $692,970 Increase funding from governmental and nongovernmental agencies by 10% for MPAs, measured by the total average for all MPA on GEF-UNDP's financial statement
Strengthen individual and institutional capacities for the effective management of marine protected areas and the conservation and sustainable use of coastal marine biodiversity.
2012 - 2016 $6,216,140
2015 $3,000,000 Improve management effectiveness of six existing MPAs in Guatemala by 10% according to the Managment efectiveness tracking tool (METT)
2015 $2,216,140 Effective use of human and financial resources to mitigate threats in created MPA.
2015 $1,000,000 Create monitoring and adaptive management systems to address threats to MPAs and coastal marine biodiversity.
Warning of threats in key sectors (energy, fisheries, ports, transport and urban development) to strengthen marine protected areas management and the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in the Pacific region
2012 - 2016 $11,916,950
2015 $1,000,000 Indicators of key species and ecosystems remain stable in created MPA
2015 $3,916,950 Reduce impacts on key species of local importance through biodiversity-friendly practices in created MPAs and its buffer zones.
2015 $3,000,000 Conservation of mangroves in coastal PAs and buffer zones through development and sustainable use of resources.
2015 $2,000,000 Inclusion of more sites containing mangroves as Ramsar sites, including cross-border or contiguous types
2015 $2,000,000 Integration of conservation and rational use of wetlands into river basin and coastal areas management
Promote an enabling legislative and institutional framework to strengthen the establishment and management of protected areas.
2012 - 2017 $135,000
2017 $30,000 Develop preconditions for the harmonization of the National Biodiversity Policy with key state agencies.
2017 $45,000 Harmonize the institutional framework of CONAP with the National Biodiversity Policy
2017 $25,000 Establish coordinating administrative political spaces for management of biodiversity and ecosystem services.
2017 $35,000 Develop new legislation aimed at conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem services
Significantly increase the participation and awareness of the population regarding the importance and benefits of protected areas.
2012 - 2020 $85,000
2015 $50,000 Incorporate biodiversity issues in different mechanisms of formal education
2015 $35,000 Establish mechanisms for promoting public awareness
Strengthen existing coordination mechanisms for the conservation of integrated portfolio sites.
2012 - 2015 $120,000
2014 $55,000 Strengthen the Co-administration Tables at national level by: a. Establishing clear, inclusive performance mechanisms; b. Taking advantage of existing coordination fora to address specific issues; c. Endorsing and supporting local management and mobilization of direct investment funds to implement plans and mechanisms.
2013 $30,000 Position the strategic territorial conservation agenda developed by the gap analysis at the following forum and instances: a. SEGEPLAN, b. Environmental Cabinet, c. CODEMAS, d. ANAM, e. RIC
2015 $35,000 Advocate for fundamental changes in legal frameworks that limit the actions of biodiversity and protected areas conservation in topics like: a. The OCRET Act for the regularization of land tenure; b. Forestry Law to mitigate environmental impacts and inclusion of communities in decision-making through community organizations in the first, second and third level.
Establish at least two mechanisms to generate funds for conservation and gap reduction.
2012 - 2015 $1,585,000
2013 $45,000 Advocate for the expansion of incentives for biodiversity conservation and sustainable use with emphasis on: a. Increase funding and time allocated to incentives to protect natural forests; b. Facilitate the involvement of smallholders or communal owners so they can access these incentives; c. Prioritize incentives areas based on the integrated portfolio.
2014 $40,000 Infuence so that a percentage of investments or budgetary allocations are aimed at reducing financial gaps, emphasizing a. Port Companies Utilities. b. Municipal or departmental budgets
2014 $1,500,000 Establish the Incentive Program for the Conservation and Restoration of Forests (improved resilience) to provide better biodiversity ecosystem services within SIGAP based on the following mechanisms. a. Payment for environmental services: water and carbon; b. Payment for tourism services; c. Compensation payments for environmental impacts of production activities: mining, oil and agro-business.
Progressively improve the effective management and ecological integrity of 50% SIGAP's extension through objective assessments.
2012 - 2017 $1,400,000
2013 $100,000 Establish the management effectiveness of SIGAP to 60% of the amount of areas that make up the system based on the following priorities: a. total number of national areas, b. total number of municipal areas, c. total number of private nature reserves.
2015 $1,200,000 Promote the progressive improvement of management effectiveness of SIGAP from regular to acceptable, achieving a sustained improvement in most areas assessed.
2017 $100,000 Conduct the ecological integrity assessment in all national areas of SIGAP based on the duplication of experiences developed in 12 areas of the system.
Establish coordinated mechanisms to generate and manage information on biodiversity and protected areas.
2012 - 2015 $175,000
2013 $55,000 Establish a national body to coordinate and articulate biodiversity and PA research, monitoring and evaluation efforts that include: a. Indicators organized into monitoring and evaluation regional sub-systems, b. Integration of a national research, monitoring and evaluation system for biodiversity and PA, c. Consolidation of a group of biodiversity and PA experts.
2014 $75,000 Establish and validate a national applied research agenda for biodiversity and PA, linked to: a. information needs for monitoring; b. Development of the appropriate science and technology for addressing national problems of biodiversity use and management; c. Establish channels to transfer science and technologies, including "social technology", to groups who demand them or need them; d. Satisfaction of needs related to food security; e. Processes of adaptation to climate change.
2015 $45,000 Run an efficient mechanism to collect, exchange and disseminate scientific information through the articulation of the following efforts: a. CHM, b. Environmental profile of Guatemala, c. Environmental information systems, d. Environmental account, e. SIRBIOC, f. Regional centers of biodiversity and protected areas information management.