The Private Institute for Climate Change Research (ICC), within the framework of the Project “Promoting Sustainable and Resilient Territories in Landscapes of the Central Volcanic Chain of Guatemala” executed by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN) and implemented by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), is carrying out the initiative “Planning of 6 watersheds including piloting of a payment mechanism for environmental services, and implementation of landscape management tools in 10 municipalities in region 3 of the Project”.

One of the goals of the restoration of the forest landscape of the Central Volcanic Chain of Guatemala, is to establish and strengthen forest nurseries, and implement landscape management tools and forest incentives in the municipalities of Acatenango, San Pedro Yepocapa in Chimaltenango; Alotenango, Antigua Guatemala, Ciudad Vieja, San Miguel Dueñas and Santa María de Jesús in Sacatepéquez; and Palín, San Vicente Pacaya and Siquinalá in Escuintla.


  1. Production of 700,000 forest plants of native species.
  2. Restoration of 800 hectares of degraded forest.
  3. Registration of 300 hectares to forestry incentive mechanisms (PROBOSQUE and PINPEP).


Seven forest nurseries have been implemented and strengthened with tools, inputs, and seeds, in which 200,000 forest plants have been produced during 2021, located in Alotenango, Acatenango, Ciudad Vieja, San Pedro Yepocapa, San Vicente Pacaya, Parramos and Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa.

Forest plants have been delivered to the municipalities of Palín, San Vicente Pacaya, Indigenous Community of Palín-MAGA Palín, INAB Sacatepéquez, Monte María Farm (Alotenango), Candelaria Farm (Yepocapa), San Rafael Urías Farm (San Miguel Dueñas), Citizen Responsibility Association (Ciudad Vieja and Antigua Guatemala), groups of coffee growers and farmers.

213 hectares of landscape management tools have been implemented, mainly forest plantations and agroforestry systems with permanent and annual crops in the municipalities of Acatenango, Alotenango, San Pedro Yepocapa and San Vicente Pacaya.

The project has already approached the Environmental Management Units (UGAM) of the prioritized municipalities and producer groups. Furthermore, socialization workshops have been coordinated for the registration of areas into the PROBOSQUE and PINPEP forest incentive programs.