Guatemala has special bio-physical features resulting from the confluence of geo-morphological, climate, soil and water characteristics that lead to the development of a wide range of ecosystems with associated biotic and abiotic resources. This diversity has been recognized at the national and international levels; therefore, all actions aimed at biodiversity conservation are consistent with the existing natural context.
The country's flora diversity includes unique endemic species and ecosystem niches that provide a wide range of options for the production and harvesting of non-timber forest products (NTFPs) such as natural fibers; seeds and nuts; ornamental, medicinal, fruit and/or forest plants; mushrooms; resins; honey; and palms.
The country's natural forests also have areas of exceptional scenic beauty, cultural value and potential to provide environmental services for ecotourism development; these can also be combined with agroforestry crops such as coffee, macadamia, cardamom and cacao, which are already sources of income and employment but can be strengthened to improve the living standards of the rural population and reduce population pressures on forests.
The development objective of the project is to “Contribute to poverty alleviation and local development by strengthening community enterprises involved in the production and marketing of NTFPs and environmental services”. Its specific objective is: “Improve local capacities to produce and market NTFPs and environmental services.”