Country Area : 108,889 km2

Forested Area (1000 ha) : 3,540

UN-REDD Programme Partner Country : Yes

Type of UN-REDD Programme Support Received : Targeted support, Support to country needs assessment (CNA)

FCPF Member : Yes

Active FCPF Grant Holder: Yes

Readiness Grant Holder: Yes

Carbon Fund: Yes

Progress against the Warsaw Framework for REDD+

Guatemala has benefitted from targeted support, a CNA on NFMS and also participated in the regional needs assessment in Mesoamerica (Section 3.49).

National REDD+ Strategy/Action Plan
Initial targeted support (approved in 2013) assisted the country with legal analyses and including the climate change law adopted by Decree in 2013 in relation to REDD+, and tenure aspects.
Recommendations in terms of legal reforms focused on the need to clarify tenure and carbon rights as well as benefit-sharing mechanisms, and respect indigenous people’s rights (in relation to the climate change law). Reforms were proposed in relation
to the new forest law, in particular clarifying the terminology associated with environmental services and benefit sharing.

The CNA in Guatemala has identified areas for improvement in the preparation of the National REDD+ Strategy, such as the need to include considerations about gender and definition of benefit sharing arrangements, identifications of legal, institutional, fiscal and economic aspects which make pressure to the deforestation and degradation of forests, develop a land tenure analysis; improve the information accessibility including culture aspects and different languages. These finding will not only support the FCPF mid-term report of the country, but also the roadmap for the second phase of the FCPF support for readiness and as well as other REDD+ related initiatives in the country.

National Forest Monitoring System (NFMS)
The CNA (Mesoamerica) identified needed improvements in emission factors, such as the establishment of procedures for data collection and the development of new factors in cases of forest degradation and enhancement of carbon stocks associated with tree cover, as well as capacity needs in relation to monitoring of forest degradation. See also the needs assessment in Mesoamerica. The preliminary CNA results have identified the need to strengthening of the technical capacity and legal basis for the regular updating of the NFI as well as achieving consistency across data used for REDD+ and the national communications.

Forest Reference Emission Level / Forest Reference Level (FREL/FRL)
The CNA identified improvements such as coherence on forest and forest degradation definition between FREL/FRL and the GHG Inventory, emission factors for degradation, methodologies to evaluate leakage and displacements; also the country needs strengthen institutional and human resources capacities.

Safeguards and Safeguards Information System (SIS)
Through the CNA, the country has identified areas for improvement, which include further efforts to raise awareness about safeguards, particularly among local communities.

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Regional Technical Advisor, Food and Agriculture Organizaton of the United Nations (FAO)

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Total Approved Targeted Support Amount (US$) 21,000
#   Timeline   Financial Information   Work Area (SNA Outcome)
Date of Request 16.07.2013
Date of Approval 27.08.2013
Implementation Period (Months) 6
Status Completed
Amount Requested US$ 21,000
Amount Approved US$ 21,000
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Lead National Institution: Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MARN).


Capacity built on legal aspects of REDD+ through an assessment of the existing legislation on tenure and property rights related to environmental goods and services.

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