Recommendations on Climate Change Adaptation Responses for Guatemala
This assessment report reviews climate change adaptation responses for Guatemala, and offers final recommendations for USAID. Topics covered include, for example, the theoretical aspects of climate change, adaptation options identified for Guatemala, geographical areas such as the Western Highlands, and cross-cutting topics to climate change adaptation.
The report synthesizes the final results of a study, “Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment in Guatemala”. Guatemala has been identified as one of the most vulnerable countries in the region, and fast action on implementing climate change adaptation measures is critical to current and future climate change and variability events that the country will face. The third section of the report includes a summary of a stakeholder workshop that hosted government, USAID/Guatemala partners, and regional community members. Threaded throughout the Guatemala climate change adaptation work has been a consideration about how local governance and gender topics are part of the process.
Excerpt from the report:
Key messages and recommendations for USAID/Guatemala:
- Many analytical frameworks exist to assess vulnerability in light of climate variability and change and define strategic interventions.
- Climate variability is already significant in Guatemala and this variability already threatens vulnerable populations and sectors.
- Guatemala’s major economic sectors are already sensitive to climate variability and this is likely to be exacerbated by future changes in climate.
- Guatemala’s climate is already undergoing a process of change, but future predictability varies in confidence across variables, time scales and geographies.
- Many entry points exist for incorporating climate adaptation into development initiatives across USAID.
- Effective processes for prioritization of adaptation options engage a wide range of stakeholders, are transparent, and enable the review and adjustment of priorities as circumstances change.
- As climate variability and extreme weather events continue to impact Guatemala, decision makers will increasingly face new challenges about how to manage these risks.
- The need to improve partner communication and collaboration in the area of knowledge sharing will grow in importance under a changing climate.
- Integrating adaptation with development priority and planning includes, gender, finance, and legal instruments of institutional reform.
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