5th National Congress on Climate Change held in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

February 28, 2024

The 5th National Congress on Climate Change in Guatemala was held from February 21–23, at the Gran Karmel Convention Center in Quetzaltenango. The Congress was the venue of researchers and experts, representatives from government, private sector, civil society, non-governmental organizations, international organizations and academy to promote coordination, collaboration and synergy between several actors and initiatives related to climate change in Guatemala and find an effective and sustainable answers towards this phenomenon.

Dr. María José Iturbide, Minister of Environmental and Natural Resources, inaugurating the fifth edition of the event.

On this occasion, under the theme “climate change and migration”, the event addressed how climate change has emerged as one of the most prominent causes of human displacement. In addition to violence, poverty and inequality, extreme weather events can directly influence the decision to migrate. Therefore, it is necessary to support governments in providing effective protection to those fleeing the adverse effects of climate change and to guarantee displaced people the physical and economic resources to prepare for, withstand and recover from these effects.

In its fifth edition, the congress lasted three days and was attended by more than 450 people who were able to interact, share experiences and attend more than 90 expositions distributed among plenary sessions, parallel sessions, forums, and discussions.

The organizing committee was formed by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN), the Private Institute of Climate Change Research (ICC), Rafael Landivar University (URL), the National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology (INSIVUMEH), University of San Carlos of Guatemala (USAC), Environmental Training and Research Network (REDFIA), Mariano Gálvez University (UMG), Heifer International – Guatemala, Southwest Climate Change Network, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (UVG) and the Ecosystem-based Adaptation Technical Group.

All presentations seen at the event will be shared through the event’s website starting March 6: https://sgccc.org.gt/cambioclimaticoV/ 


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