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

Beneficiaries Anticipated number of people with increased resilience


GCF results areas
  • Livelihoods of people and communities
  • Ecosystems and ecosystem services
UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • #1 No poverty
  • #3 Good health and well-being
  • #5 Gender equality
  • #6 Clean water and sanitation
  • #10 Reduced inequalities
  • #13 Climate action
  • #15 Life on land

Location & People

  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Guatemala GTM
Beneficiaries (approx.) 132,000

Investment Data

  • Financing:
    • Public
    • Public / Private
    • Private
  • Project size:
    • Micro
    • Small
    • Medium
    • Large
  • E&S Risk category:
    • Category A
    • Category B
    • Category C
Total project investment
GCF Financing
  • Instrument Grant USD
  • Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Grant USD
  • Government of Guatemala Grant USD
  • Government of Guatemala Other USD

Project owners

Accredited Entity Executing Entity
  • Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Guatemala
Building livelihood resilience to climate change in the upper basins of Guatemala’s highlands Approved October 2018 Est. implementation period 7.0 years
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.
Document title
Published date
ESS report FP087 - IUCN - Guatemala 27 Sep 2018
Approved funding proposal FP087 - IUCN - Guatemala 28 Nov 2018
Gender assessment FP087 - IUCN - Guatemala 10 Jan 2019
Gender action plan FP087 - IUCN - Guatemala 10 Jan 2019
Accredited Entity
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Ms. Sheila Aggarwal-Khan Tel: +41229990292 Mr. Sébastien Delahaye Tel: +41229990251
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