Completion of the Ecosystem and Human Well-being Assessment to inform local development planning in the Dry Corridor in Guatemala

The final stage of the integrated ecosystem and human well-being assessment of Guatemala’s eastern Dry Corridor was completed in February 2013 with the presentation of the final report (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) to key stakeholders from local government, sector institutions and civil society interest groups in Zapaca and El Progreso municipalities and at a national workshop in Guatemala City.

The final Report of the integrated sub-global assessment (SGA) covers: a description of the current ecological, economic and social dimensions of a key watershed of the Sierra de la Minas; an analysis of the key ecosystem services and associated economic and social variables related to three dominant agricultural production systems; offers three future scenarios and models for forest cover, water availability and soil erosion estimates up to 2020 using INVEST software and associated economic and social implications linked to the dominant agricultural production systems; and lastly formulates a set of policy recommendations for strengthening the integration of ecosystem services in cross-sectoral development planning at sub-national level.

The assessment was led by the UNDP Guatemala office, with support from PEI, and implemented by a multidisciplinary team from the consortium comprising of the Fundación Defensores de la Naturaleza (FDN), Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (CEAD-UVG) and WWF Guatemala.  The consortium worked in close collaboration with the National Development Planning Agency (SEGEPLAN) and the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN).  The assessment built on a preliminary scoping and planning study conducted by FLASCO Guatemala in late 2010 and early 2011.

Building on from the assessment, SEGEPLAN and the UNDP Guatemala office have elaborated a project proposal for a PEI Guatemala programme aimed at strengthening the integration of integrated cross-sectoral planning in other regions and national systems with an emphasis on securing food security.

Country Reference: 
Guatemala
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