Promoting sustainable and resilient landscapes in the central volcanic chain of Guatemala

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From October 24, 2018 to October 24, 2025

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 15.2 Promote sustainable forest management, restoration, afforestation
  2. 15.3 Combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil

Project ID: 5581

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Technical team

  • Ecosystems and Biodiversity Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Mainstreaming biodiversity
  • Ecosystem management and restoration


  • Agrobiodiversity
  • Biodiversity financing
  • Ecosystem-based mitigation
  • Ecosystem-based adaptation


  • Forests
  • Conserved areas


  • General
  • Key biodiversity areas (KBAs)

Transformed sector(s)

  • Forestry and other land use

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Normative support
  • Policy advice


  • Finance economy
  • Management operation
  • Food and agricultural commodities


  • Nature finance
  • Sustainable land management
  • Improved & diversified sustainable livelihoods (TP 5)
  • Sustainable agriculture practices and use of resources (TP 2, 7, 8, 9)

Social inclusion

  • Local community/CSOs

Gender equality

  • Women's access to and control over resources
  • Women farmers
  • Livelihoods for women

Gender result effectiveness scale



  • People pathway
  • Systems pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Hazard control/mitigation
  • Improve resilience

SDG target(s)

  • 15.2 Promote sustainable forest management, restoration, afforestation
  • 15.3 Combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil

Conventions and protocols

  • Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

Private sector(s)

  • Small and medium-sized enterprises
  • Individuals/Entrepreneurs

Hot topic

  • Food and agricultural commodities strategy

Project description

15.The project´s objective is to mainstream biodiversity conservation, SLM, and carbon sequestration objectives into the production landscapes of the Central Volcanic Mountain Range in Guatemala, contributing to the well-being of local populations and the delivery of multiple global environmental benefits. The GEF investment will counteract the loss of pine-oak forest and carbon stocks (broadleaf forests, mixed forests, and coniferous forests), biodiversity of global importance, and the degradation of soil in the Central Volcanic Mountain Range of Guatemala.

USD $11,394,497

Grant amount

USD $45,831,202

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($11,394,497)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Government of Guatemala

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