Scientific knowledge about climate change  and climate variability is fundamental for the Guatemalan society. For this reason, the Private Institute for Climate Change Research (ICC), in coordination with the Association of Municipalities of the South Coast (Mancomunidad de Municipios de la Costa Sur, MAMCOSUR) and the Qawinaqel Association (Asociación Qawinaqel), initiated the “Diploma Course on Community-Based Climate Change Adaptation” (Diplomado en Adaptación Comunitaria al Cambio Climático) in two towns.

The diploma course was carried out in two towns in the department of Escuintla. The first workshop was directed toward municipality technicians and community leaders from the municipalities of Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa, La Democracia, Tiquisate, Nueva Concepción, and la Gomera. The second was carried out in Palin, Escuintla. The learning process was divided into 10 in-person workshop sessions, in which the participants shared their analysis of assigned readings, played educational games, and participated in a question and answer session led by ICC staff.

From left to right (up to down): Kevin Noriega, a technician in the ICC, during the question and answer session. The participants worked in groups to exchange ideas and acquired knowledge.

These actions not only strengthened the community leaders’ capacities but also provided them with the skills needed to fulfill their agreement to continue sharing what they’d learned with working groups in each community

The participants of second  group in Palín, Escuintla.




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