Climate, Nature, and Communities in Guatemala (CNGG)

In an effort to conserve Guatemala’s wealth of natural resources and support the country’s efforts to mitigate the impacts of climate change, the new Climate, Nature and Communities in Guatemala (CNCG) Project was launched today. CNCG will invest $25 million in Guatemala over the next five years between 2013 and 2018.

Climate, Nature, and Communities in Guatemala (CNGG)

This is an initiative of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to support Guatemala. This project will be implemented by a consortium of environmental, academic and business institutions led by the international conservation organization the Rainforest Alliance, together with Fundación Defensores de la Naturaleza, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, the Guatemalan Exporters’ Association (AGEXPORT), The Nature Conservancy and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

The aims to promote climate change mitigation by improving management of natural resources and biodiversity conservation, building institutional capacity, and strengthening policy and legal frameworks. Assistance will be focused in the Western Highlands, Maya Biosphere Reserve, the Verapaces, and Sierra de las Minas Biosphere Reserve. The program will concentrate on the advancing Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+), sustainable forestry management and other environmental services, such as tourism value chains, promoting a Low Emission Development Strategy (LEDS), reducing vulnerability to climate change, and building local institutional capacity.


  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

    U.S. foreign assistance has...

  • Rainforest Alliance

    Implementing NGO, Advocacy NGO
    United States | Staff size: 251-500

    The Rainforest Alliance is a growing network of people who are inspired and committed to working together to achieve their mission of conserving biodiversity and ensuring sustainable...

  • The Nature Conservancy

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 1001-5000

    The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.

    They address the...

  • WWF

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 5001-10,000

    For more than 45 years, WWF has been protecting the future of nature. The world’s leading conservation organization, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by 1.2 million members in...

  • Guatemalan Exporters Association (AGEXPORT)

    Guatemala | Staff size: 101-250

    The Guatemalan Exporters Association is a private non-profit entity, established in 1982; that represents, promotes and develops non-traditional exports of Guatemalan companies. It provides high...

  • Defensore de la Naturaleza

    Implementing NGO
    Guatemala | Staff size: Unknown

    Fundación Defensores de la Naturaleza is the environmental organization with more years of experience in Guatemala, it has been administrating and carrying out conservation activities for...

  • Universidad del Valle de Guatemala

    Guatemala | Staff size: 251-500

    The University of the Valley of Guatemala is a private institution, non-profit and is unrelated to any political or religious activity. Work with the authorization...

  • FEDECOVERA Guatemala

    Guatemala | Staff size: Unknown

    Based in the city of Coban in Guatemala, the Federation of Cooperatives of the Verapaces (FEDECOVERA, R.L) is an autonomous cooperative founded on February 23th, 1976. Its activity is the...

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Key Information

LocationGuatemala, Latin America and Caribbean
  • Start Date 2013
  • End Date 2018
  • ValueUSD 43 Million