Guatemala is one of the ten countries worldwide that is most exposed to a wide range of hazards associated with the country’s diverse climate, in addition to geological hazards and difficult socio-economic conditions. Between 2014 and 2015 the country faced the effects of an active El Niño weather pattern, which worsened the nutritional crisis in the country. It is expected that this year El Niño will shift into a neutral phase, but some experts fear that La Niña will present itself after the rain and hurricane season.
Currently there are efforts to incoorporate the IRM approach in the National Coordinator for Disaster Risk Reduction. Despite this effort, the national system is still weak in development and sustainability at the departmental, municipal, and local levels, as well as in the integration of multiple sectors in the system.
Tree-seedlings distribution - PfR Guatemala 2013
The Guatemala Partners for Resilience programme is implemented with the overall goal of enhancing the resilience of vulnerable communities to impacts of natural hazards, by addressing the effects of climate change and environmental degradation.
The PfR programme supports the National Institutions of Guatemala and the local authorities in several regions of the country, to incorporate the IRM approach in the national and local Disaster Risk Management Policy implementation strategies through capacity building and facilitation of constructive policy dialogues in three domains: policy, practice and investment.
The PfR programme addresses critical challenges through five trajectories which will be led by the consortium members, based on their expertise. These trajectories include: The Interagency Strategic Agenda (ISA) as a space for dialogue for IRM; the municipal planning with the IRM approach; the involvement of civil society in the national IRM legislation; Knowledge management; and the empowerment of women in the IRM approach.