Guatemala

Guatemala

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In Guatemala, a history of discrimination and inequality of opportunity led to a 36-year conflict that finally subsided with a Peace Agreement in 1996. Improvements since then have prevented a return to conflict and begun to create the conditions for sustained stability. However, the persistence of substantial inequality constitutes a risk factor for future stability and constrains Guatemala’s growth potential.

Land distribution is highly unequal. The largest 2.5% of farms occupy nearly two-thirds of agricultural land while 90% of the farms are on only one-sixth of the agricultural land. Furthermore, tenure is insecure and is one of the key causes of poverty among indigenous Guatemalans, who make up 43% of the population. Multiple unresolved land disputes and ineffective mechanisms to resolve them discourage investment and reduce the potential contribution of agriculture to improvements in rural living standards and overall economic growth.

Guatemala’s extensive and biologically diverse forest systems are experiencing a rapid 1.3% annual rate of deforestation and losing their economic value due to forest fires, agricultural expansion, wildlife-poaching, and large-scale development projects. Increases in ongoing donor assistance to empower communities in resource management of this valuable forest system would help Guatemala achieve a greater, more sustainable yield from its forests and reduce the rate of deforestation.

Intercambiar conocimientos, perspectivas, experiencias y propuestas sobre género y derechos a la tierra en América Latina y el Caribe: un debate entre organizaciones claves en la región

Intercambiar conocimientos, perspectivas, experiencias y propuestas sobre género y derechos a la tierra en América Latina y el Caribe: un debate entre actores claves en la región

Jeudi, décembre 1, 2016 to Mercredi, février 15, 2017
Facilitators
Kemly Camacho
Isabel Rojas
Paola Brambilla

Desde el 1 de diciembre 2016 hasta el 15 de febrero 2017

Land Portal y Anacaonas (un proyecto de Sula Batsu Cooperativa de gestión del conocimiento sobre género en América Latina y el Caribe) están trabajando juntos para movilizar conocimientos alrededor de Género y derechos a la tierra en América Latina y el Caribe.

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Guatemala: "We will not buy what is ours"

By: Manuela Picq
Date: September 29th 2016
Source: Intercontinental Cry Magazine

Challenging Terra Nullius in the courts of Guatemala

Copones is a large Maya Q’eqchi’ territory in Guatemala, in the northern province of Quiché along the Mexican border with Chiapas. Q’eqchi’ communities have lived in Copones for millennia, caring for rivers and the land generation after generation. Their territory extends over 20,000 hectares of clean rivers and fertile land.

"Defendemos la tierra con nuestra sangre". Personas defensoras de la tierra, el territorio y el medio ambiente en Honduras y Guatemala"

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Defendemos la tierra con nuestra sangre explora el aumento de la estigmatización, las amenazas, los ataques y los homicidios, así como la falta de justicia, a los que se enfrentan las personas y comunidades que luchan por proteger el medio ambiente frente a los proyectos en gran escala de minería, extracción de madera y producción de energía hidroeléctrica.

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août 2016
Publisher(s)
Amnesty International

We are defending the land with our blood: Defenders of the land, territory and environment in Honduras and Guatemala

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An insidious wave of threats, bogus charges, smear campaigns, attacks and killings of environmental and land activists in recent months has made Honduras and Guatemala the most dangerous countries on earth for those protecting natural resources, Amnesty International said in a new report six months after the brutal murder of Indigenous leader Berta Cáceres.

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septembre 2016
Publisher(s)
Amnesty International

Comunidad resiste la expansión de la agroindustria en Guatemala con agricultura orgánica

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La comunidad de Monseñor Romero se encuentra en la zona costera de Guatemala, región acaparada por los monocultivos de caña de azúcar, banano y palma africana. Para generar autoempleo, mejorar la fertilidad de sus tierras y evitar la explotación laboral de la agricultura industrial, la comunidad cambió sus cultivos tradicionales de maíz y ajonjolí por la producción orgánica de la flor de loroco (Fernaldia pandurata).

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juin 2016
Publisher(s)
International Land Coalition (ILC)

Land tenure Security in selected countries: Synthesis Report

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 It is well recognized that secure land and property rights for all are essential to reducing poverty because they underpin economic development and social inclusion. Secure land tenure and property rights enable people in urban and rural areas to invest in improved homes and livelihoods. Although many countries have completely restructured their legal and regulatory framework related to land and they have tried to harmonize modern statutory law with customary ones, millions of people around the world still have insecure land tenure and property rights.

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février 2014
Publisher(s)
GIZ
United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Technische Universität München
Global Land Tool Network

Drivers of Sustainable Rural Growth and Poverty Reduction in Central America : Guatemala Case Study, Volume 1. Executive Summary and Main Text

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This regional study encompasses three
Central American countries: Nicaragua, Guatemala and
Honduras. The focus of this report is Guatemala. The study
is motivated by several factors: First is the recognition
that sub-national regions are becoming increasingly
heterogeneous, and economically differentiated as part of
ongoing processes of development and diversification, with
some areas advancing, and others being left behind. Second

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juillet 2013
Publisher(s)
World Bank Group

Drivers of Sustainable Rural Growth and Poverty Reduction in Central America : Guatemala Case Study, Volume 2. Background Papers and Technical Appendices

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This regional study encompasses three
Central American countries: Nicaragua, Guatemala and
Honduras. The focus of this report is Guatemala. The study
is motivated by several factors: First is the recognition
that sub-national regions are becoming increasingly
heterogeneous, and economically differentiated as part of
ongoing processes of development and diversification, with
some areas advancing, and others being left behind. Second

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juillet 2013
Publisher(s)
World Bank Group

Household Fuel Use and Fuel Switching in Guatemala

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Household fuel choice in the past, has
often been analyzed and understood through the lens of the
energy ladder model. This model places relatively heavy
emphasis on household fuel switching in response to rising
incomes. This report views energy use through a household
economics framework. The household economics framework
clarifies that, in addition to income and market prices, the
opportunity costs of firewood collection also need to be

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août 2014
Publisher(s)
World Bank Group