Building livelihood resilience to climate change in the upper basins of Guatemala’s highlands

Building livelihood resilience to climate change in the upper basins of Guatemala’s highlands

  • Status Under implementation
  • Date approved 20 Oct 2018 at B.21
  • Est. completion 08 Apr 2027
  • ESS Category Category B

Protecting ecosystems and livelihoods in the highlands of Guatemala through better watershed management.

Increasing global temperatures change the composition of ecosystems. In Guatemala, particularly in areas higher than 1,800 meters above sea level, it is projected that the changing climate will drastically affect ecosystems resulting to hydrological cycle changes, increases in invasive species, and higher frequencies of fires, pests, and diseases. This is especially difficult for highland communities who depend on a balanced ecosystem for their livelihoods such as farming. 

This project aims to reduce the impacts of climate change on the hydrological cycle in target highland watersheds through improved land use practices. It will introduce physical and technical capacities to better equip government and target communities to make climate-smart decisions and to conduct restoration interventions at the landscape level. These will lead to improved water recharge and will contribute to the people’s resilience to climate change.

The project has an estimated lifespan of 7 years.

Total project value






Result areas

Project timeline


21 Dec 2016 - 669 days

Concept note received

21 Dec 2016

Funding proposal received

31 Jul 2017

Cleared by GCF Secretariat

30 Nov 2017

Legal opinion on AE's Internal Approval

07 Jun 2018

Cleared by iTAP

08 Jun 2018


20 Oct 2018 - 537 days

Approved by GCF Board

20 Oct 2018

FAA executed

18 Apr 2019

Under implementation

08 Apr 2020 - 1,475 days so far

FAA effective

08 Apr 2020

Disbursement - USD 1,868,090

11 May 2020

Disbursement - USD 3,914,071

20 May 2022

To be completed

08 Apr 2027 - 1,083 days to go

One region

  • Latin America and the Caribbean

One country

  • Financing
    • Private sector
    • Public sector
  • Size
    • Micro
    • Small
    • Medium
    • Large

GCF financing26% disbursed

GrantUSD 22,035,512
Total GCF Financing
USD 22,035,512


Co-FinancingGrantUSD 4,587,156
Co-FinancingGrantUSD 5,000,000
Co-FinancingIn-kindUSD 6,031,872
Total Co-Financing
USD 15,619,028

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Accredited Entity

International Union for Conservation of Nature
Mr. Sébastien Delahaye

Head of the Multilateral Finance and Business development Team
28 rue Mauverney, Gland, Switzerland
Ms. Rebecca Welling

Portfolio Manager (a.i), Multilateral Finance and Business Development Team
28 rue Mauverney, Gland, Switzerland
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National Designated Authority

Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources
Her Excellency María José Iturbide Flores Primary
7 Avenida 03-67 Zona 13, Guatemala City, Guatemala
Ms. Anna Cristina Bailey Hernández Primary
Vice Minister of Natural Resources and Climate Change
7 Avenida 03-67 Zona 13, Guatemala City, Guatemala
Ms. Lourdes María Fernández Balconi Secondary
Head of International Cooperation Unit
7 Avenida 03-67 Zona 13, Guatemala City, Guatemala

News + Stories

Mayan youth promoting nature-based solutions for sustainable agriculture in Guatemalan highlands

09 Aug 2023 / A group of 30 young people in San Juan Comalapa, Guatemala, leverages sustainable agriculture and indigenous knowledge to help the local community adapt to climate change. The changing climate is drastically affecting ecosystems in the Guatemalan highlands resulting in hydrological cycle changes, increases in invasive species, and unprecedented effects on agricultural land. These changes are resulting in a lack of employment and an increase in migration, particularly for communities who depend on farming for their livelihoods.