The Congress of the Republic of Guatemala recently approved Decree No. 2-2015 – “Law to promote the establishment, restoration, rehabilitation, management, production and protection of forests in Guatemala”, known as the “PROBOSQUE Law”. This legislation provides for a 30-year extension of a successful forest incentives programme aimed at the management of natural forests and forest plantations. Objective (d) of this programme is to promote inter alia the restoration of degraded forest lands through the establishment of agroforestry systems, forest plantations and other alternatives to contribute to the production of firewood and timber in rural areas and the restoration of the production and protection resource base in degraded forest lands. This pre-project will promote this new incentive programme – PROBOSQUE – among the local communities and will propose the most suitable alternatives for the population in the target area.
At the beginning of this year, the National Forest Institute launched a National Forest Restoration Strategy, which incorporates the forest landscape restoration component as part of public policy guidelines for the Guatemalan forest sector.
The objective of this proposal is to develop a participatory strategy for forest restoration, sustainable use and production development in the Buffer Zone of the Sierra del Lacandon National Park. More specifically, the proposal seeks to establish enabling conditions for the design and implementation of a project for forest landscape restoration through sustainable forest development, climate change adaptation and biodiversity conservation in 5 communities in the Buffer Zone of the Maya Biosphere Reserve (MBR) in the southern area of the Sierra de Lacandon National Park (PNSL).