Agenda for the socio environmental governance of the Oriental Dry Corridor
In the light of a crisis in the sustainable management of natural resources in the Oriental Dry Corridor (ODC) in Guatemala, there is a profound need for the participatory formulation of a national agenda aimed at strengthening socio-environmental governance. Through the strengthening of socio-environmental governance it is possible to improve the use and access of natural resources which are critical to the region's sustainable development. 

Identification of the instruments of socio-environmental governance 
This document identifies the public policies and the instruments which promote climate change adaptation in the communities inhabiting the Oriental Dry Corridor. This document presents a conceptual framework to analyze public policy, it reviews the governmental institutions which implement such policy and summarizes the governmental policies and instruments which contribute to climate change adaptation in Guatemala.


Existing legal and political frameworks for socio-environmental governance
This document analyzes the political and legal dispositions regarding socio-environmental governance and climate change adaptation policies in Guatemala. This analysis emphasizes the need for a change of paradigm through which policy makers identify and recognize the dimensions of socio-environmental governance. 


Systematization of good practices on socio-environmental governance
This document analyzes good practices in socio-environmental governance located in three different communities in Guatemala. However, in order to minimize the effects of climate change – in particular droughts – it is necessary to build the capacities of local communities with: new practices, participatory decision making, local participation, financial mechanisms and a clear legal framework. 


Moving away from the slash and burn

Inventory of natural resources in 6 watersheds of municipalities of the Dry Corridor in Baja Verapaz

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The inventory of natural resources includes the land inventory and land use classification. In terms of land use, the inventory identified areas that fall in the following categories: Agriculture without limitation, Improved Agriculture, Agroforestry with annual crops, silvopastoral systems, Agroforestry with permanent crops, forest land, forest land for production and protection. The forest inventory identifies the timber load and shrubs, herbaceous and the presence of pests and plant diseases. There was also a rapid ecological assessment of wildlife in watersheds. By overlaying the map of vegetation and current land use, the areas where there are conflicts of use are defined in terms of use intensity. The identification of these areas with conflict of use, allowed the Joint Programme to define the activities and actions that must be undertaken in each of the above categories, to achieve sustainable management of natural resources in the six watersheds. In addition, soil samples were taken in each of the categories found, to determine their physical and chemical characteristics, as well as their fertility rates. These data are important because they allowed to give recommendations on fertilizer rates and conservation measures for agricultural soils. This study determined broad categories of ownership (state, municipal, communal and private), to prioritize areas for activities and actions of sustainable management of natural resources.

Cachil Watershed [-]La Virgen Watershed
El Zope Watershed  San Miguel Chicaj Watershed
 Pamacal Watershed 

 Xesiguan Watershed


last updated:  Monday, November 5, 2012