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Seven community projects in Guatemala receive financial support

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The initiatives will contribute to community development in protected areas and environmental conservation in the department of Izabal - Guatemala

Puerto Barrios - Guatemala February 12. In a public ceremony held at the Izabal University Centre (CUNIZAB) in Guatemala, agreements were signed for the implementation of seven productive community projects. These local initiatives belong to entrepreneurs interested in tourism development, conservation in protected areas, and they are the ones that were presented in the public call made in 2019 by the project Forests, Biodiversity and Community Development, which is part of the EUROCLIMA+ programme with funding from the European Union.

The project is implemented in Guatemala and Honduras by the consortium led by the Comitato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo dei Popoli (CISP) together with the Local Environmental Management Programme Association (ASOPROGAL), the National Council of Protected Areas (CONAP) of Guatemala, as well as the organisation Omoa Conservation Bodies (CCO) of Honduras.

Approximately seven hundred thousand Quetzals (Q. 700,000.00) were granted, an investment that is focused on supporting the ideas of local entrepreneurs, who have identified the opportunity to execute economic activities within protected areas such as the Río Dulce National Park, Sierra de las Minas, Cerro San Gil, and contribute to community development and environmental conservation in Guatemala.


  • Twelve legally constituted organisations participated in the call for applications made on July 23, 2019. They presented the requirements and proposals for projects to be implemented and went through an evaluation process. Seven ventures were selected.
  • This process was carried out by ASOPROGAL, supported by an external evaluation committee.
  • Learn more about the Forests, Biodiversity and Community Development project here


EUROCLIMA+  is a programme financed by the European Union and co-financed by the Federal Government of Germany through the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), as well as by the Governments of France and Spain, to promote environmentally sustainable and climate-resilient development in 18 Latin American countries, particularly for the benefit of the most vulnerable populations. The Programme is implemented under the synergistic work of seven agencies: the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), the French Development Agency (AFD), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Expertise France (EF), the International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policy (FIIAPP), the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), and UN Environment.

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