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El agua y los bosques en la parte alta de la Sierra del Merendón

En la parte alta de la Sierra del Merendón, la disponibilidad del agua es limitada y en algunas partes los usos del suelo no coinciden con su capacidad de uso. Cáritas Diócesis de Zacapa y Wetlands International en el marco de la Alianza por la Resiliencia investigaron en detalle a 5 microcuencas en la parte alta, para brindar el conocimiento que apoye en la toma de las mejores decisiones de todos los actores. Este estudio identificó las áreas cruciales que requieren reforestación para mejorar la recarga hídrica y de esta manera asegurar el agua para toda la población en el futuro.

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Resiliencia: el papel de los servicios ecosistémicos en sociedades y paisajes cambiantes

En este breve documento, veremos qué tienen en común los diferentes enfoques que se proponen sobre el concepto de resiliencia y qué características o elementos serían deseables para que una sociedad aumente su resiliencia frente a situaciones de cambio e incertidumbre. Asimismo, propondremos una reflexión acerca del papel que juega la planificación del espacio territorial, el manejo de los paisajes y de los servicios ambientales o ecosistémicos, en mantener y aumentar la resiliencia en condiciones de riesgo creciente.

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Micro-projects to Strengthen Community Resilience

To build the resilience of 23 communities with a high disaster risk rating, the Partners for Resilience (PfR) run micro projects, applying the integrated approach that combines Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) with Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Ecosystem Management and  Restoration (EMR). These communities have analysed their needs and solutions to be dealt with in a micro project. Furthermore, community beneficiaries are trained and their awareness is raised to help them understand how micro projects will contribute to risk reduction, climate change adaptation and ecosystem management and restoration.

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Climate Change Roundtables

Throughout Guatemala, Climate Change Roundtables (MCC) have been created with the purpose of reaching consensus and implementing policies, strategies, and laws to take measures against the effects of climate change. From the outset it has been a goal of the Partners for Resilience
(PfR) programme to support the Climate Change Roundtable, to address issues related to the integrated DRR/CCA/EMR4 approach; in other words: not only to be a point of encounter, but also the necessary vehicle towards resilience.

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The Strategic Inter-Institutional Agenda in Guatemala

Working together to create resilient communities, the Partners for Resilience (PfR) identitied a significant opportunity to increase collaboration between the governing bodies in Guatemala. Partners for Resilience joins the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (MARN), the Executive Secretariat of the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (SE-CONRED), and the National Council for Protected Areas (CONAP) in the creation of the Strategic Inter-Institutional Agenda, endeavouring to reduce the vulnerability of rural communities with an integrated approach.

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Facts & figures on palm oil

Palm oil is a vegetable oil that is a common ingredient in a wide variety of products, ranging from biscuits, bread and noodles to shampoo, candles and deter-gents. It has been estimated that around half of all packaged items found in supermarkets contain it. Palm oil is also used as biofuel. The use of palm oil is expected to continue growing, with an esti-mated doubling of use by 2020.

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Green economy with sustainable value chains

CHALLENGE: Agricultural output is expected to double and resource efficiency increase tenfold in the coming decades. Only a rapid transformation in the way products and services are produced and consumed will ensure the continued delivery of essential ecosystem services provided by a healthy environment while meeting the demands of the world’s growing population. Local communities must have a voice in this transition.

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Call for Action on Agro Commodity Governance

Over the last decade, various commitments towards sustainability of agro-commodity value chains have been made by governments and private sector. Relevant in this context is the recent zero deforestation pledges included in the New York declaration on Forests. Despite important progress, translating these commitments into effective implementation remains a challenge.

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Soy entering valuable wetlands of Argentina

Due to the enormous emphasis on soybean cultivation within Argentina, activities such as cattle raising but also the cultivation of soybeans are increasingly pushed to more marginal and vulnerable areas, where the cost of land is lower.

The Paraná Delta, one of the most unique and important wetlands regions in the world, is one of these places. Although the region is not suitable for these activities, new actors are radically altering the landscape to make the undertaking of these activities possible. Read more about our work on soy and wetlands.

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Soy Cultivation in South America

Soy cultivation has shown an increasing expansion throughout Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay, in the last decade. This remarkable increase is explained by its economical importance in the region, and as a consequence, it is difficult to regulate its progress and attenuate its potential socio-environmental impacts. Read more about our work on soy and wetlands.

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