Deadline- Jul 09, 2012
Guatemala was recognized as a megadiverse country, due to its richness in biological and cultural diversity, during the 10th meeting of the COP to the Convention of Biological Diversity celebrated in 2010 in Nagoya, Japan. Guatemala is now also part of the Group of Like-Minded Megadiverse countries of the world, which is formed by 19 countries that hold 70% of global biodiversity and about the 50% of the world’s population.
With nearly 0.5 million forested hectares under Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) certification, Guatemala has the largest forested area in Mesoamerica. Most of the certified forest area is concentrated in the Mayan Biosphere Reserve (MBR) in the Petén, an area of high biodiversity. Of the four million hectares of forest found in Guatemala, 70% are located within natural protected areas, making them very important areas as Guatemala begins REDD+ activities and looks for carbon reservoirs.
The purpose of this five-year USAID program is to assist Guatemala in the development of a process to mitigate the negative effects of climate change through an integrated approach that includes improved management of natural resources and conservation of biodiversity, building institutional and technical capacity, and establishing and/or fortifying the policy and legal framework related to climate change. As such, it will play a critical role in advancing Guatemala’s efforts to develop and implement a REDD+ Strategy, as well as a Low Emission Development Strategy (LEDS). CNCG will achieve its objectives through a range of top-down and bottom-up approaches, including, but not limited to, demonstration projects, policy dialogue and support, technical advisory services, environmental governance dialogue and support, training and capacity building services, workshops and conferences, and logistical support.
Potential partners include foundations, U.S. and non-U.S. NGOs, faith-based organizations, U.S. and non-U.S. private businesses, business and trade associations, international organizations, U.S. and non-U.S. colleges and universities, U.S. cities and states, other U.S. Government agencies, civic groups, other donor governments, host country governments, regional organizations, host country
parastatals, philanthropic leaders including venture capitalists, public figures, advocacy groups, pension funds and employee-welfare plans, etc.