Guatemala is one of the ten countries at the global level most exposed to a wide range of hazards associated with the country’s diverse climatic, in addition with hazards geological and socio-economic conditions. Recently, the country faced the effects of an active El Niño weather pattern between 2014 and 2015 which worsened the nutritional crisis. It is expected that El Niño will shift into a neutral phase, but some experts fear that La Niña will present itself after the rain and hurricane season this same year.
Currently there are efforts by to address the IRM through in the National Coordinator for Disaster Risk Reduction. Despite this effort, the national system is still weak in development and sustainability at departmental, municipal, and local levels, as well as in the integration of multiple sectors in the system.
The Guatemala Partners for Resilience Programme which is implemented with the overall goal of enhancing the resilience of vulnerable communities to the disasters provoked for the climate change and environmental degradation.
The PfR programme supports to the National Institutions of Guatemala and the local authorities in several regions of the country, for the incorporated 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 are led by the consortium members, based on their expertise. The Trajectories include: The Interagency Strategic Agenda (ISA) as a space for dialogue for IRM; the municipal planning with IRM approach; the involvement of civil society in the national IRM legislation; the knowledge management; and the empowerment of women in the IRM approach.
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Tree-seedlings distribution - PfR Guatemala 2013