ENVIRONMENTAL

The technicians of FUNDAP talked to us about the environmental, social and economic benefits of protecting our forest resources, so my brothers and I enrolled the program in order to conduct a technical study of our forest.

JORGE EDWIN GÁLVEZ GÁLVEZ, AGRICULTURAL PRODUCER

WHO WE ARE

WWe are a FUNDAP program that was constituted in 1993, which executes innovative projects, not paternalistic, within the framework of alternative technologies, oriented to the sustainable management of the renewable natural resources and environmental improvement, directed to organized groups and poor communities of Guatemala, with the purpose to improve their quality of life, providing related support and focused on the sustainable management of renewable natural resources.

WHAT WE DO

We support beneficiaries of the different projects we execute with: strengthening of social organization for environmental purposes, environmental infrastructure (nurseries, forest nurseries, agroforestry, improved stoves, potable water systems), forest management (protection plans, reforestation, agroforestry and production) and environmental education (recycling, environment, clean energy, etc). In a specialized manner, the program supports the preparation and presentation of forest management plans before the INAB National Forest Institute, in order to be included in the different forest incentive programs of the State of Guatemala.

HOW WE WORK

• Encouraging owners and owners of small areas of forest land for the sustainable use of renewable natural resources.
• Strengthening social and environmental organization.
• Supporting environmental infrastructure of a social nature.
• Stimulating the protection and use of renewable natural resources.
• Strengthening the process of forest governance.
• Recovering degraded areas.

The supported area has an extension of 14,205 Km2 (5,485 Square miles), which represent 13.04% of the national territory.

Results of 2017

0
PEOPLE

were assisted through the Environmental Program

0
COLABORATORS

comprise the Environmental Program team

0
PEOPLE

from 7 associations received advice and accompaniment

0
PEOPLE TRAINED

to develop their own forestry management plan

0
TECHNICAL SUPPORTS

for the implementation of forest management plans

0
HECTARES

of forests under forestry management

ACTIONS

Environmental Program
Forestry Management
The support is aimed at individual and collective users who own land with a forestry vocation, so that they can enter the programs offered by INAB in its 4 modalities: forest protection, reforestation, agroforestry and exploitation. The support consists in carrying out the technical studies prior to the elaboration of the management plans that will be submitted to INAB, within the framework of the current Forestry Law.
Environmental Education
This support consists of concrete training initiatives on: recycling, environmental issues, clean energy (hydroelectric, renewable energy, among others), construction of gray water filters, use of sawdust as fuel, formation of brigades against forest fires, and topics on agroforestry.
Environmental Infrastructure
Consists of the establishment of forest and fruit nurseries, potable water systems, basic sanitation infrastructure, and improved stoves.
Social Organization
Consists of supporting producers interested in organizing themselves to collectively overcome their production and marketing problems. Subsequently, the project supports the strengthening of organizations to meet their founding objectives.