Agriculture, livestock, fuelwood, illegal logging, and forest fires put tremendous pressure on Guatemala's forests. The country is building on national programs to better manage its natural resources, reduce GHG emissions caused by deforestation and forest degradation, and improve livelihoods.


In line with its REDD+ priorities, Guatemala’s FIP investment plan focuses an indicative $24 million in grants and concessional financing on three core efforts. Guatemala aims to strengthen institutions related to forest resource management, promote sustainable forest management to restore forest landscapes and improve the value chain of

wood, and enhance forest governance in protected areas and territories of indigenous peoples and local communities. Strategic partnerships with local actors can promote full and effective participation in the control, monitoring, and management of forests. Actions will target four deforestation “hotspots” around the country.


Forests cover 34% of Guatemala’s land area, or 3.7 million hectares


of Guatemala’s 15.8 million inhabitants live in rural communities, with 32% dependent on agriculture


The CIF programmatic approach to investment planning and implementation brings strategic value to CIF recipient countries. Working through a transparent, country-led process, the CIF fosters trust and collaboration among government ministries, civil society, indigenous peoples, private sector, and the MDBs that implement CIF funding. Together, they translate Nationally Determined Contributions and other national development and climate strategies into an actionable CIF investment plan. Rather than one-off projects, the plan comprises long-term, sequenced investments that mutually reinforce each other and link to other critical activities, such as policy and regulatory reform and capacity building. Under national government leadership, CIF stakeholders continue to work together to implement the plan, continually assessing progress and sharing lessons learned along the way.