In Guatemala, natural disasters frequently affect people’s lives and livelihoods. Natural ecosystems (forests, mangroves, rivers, lakes, water, crops, soil, animals, coasts, mountains) are repeatedly violated for poor rural populations suffering from droughts, heat waves, water scarcity, loss of crops, floods and diseases. People living in poor urban areas are highly vulnerable. By living in housing that is located in high risk areas, the population is increasingly affected by landslides, hurricanes and floods.

CARE Guatemala focuses particularly on adaptation to climate change, natural resource management, and disaster risk reduction. CARE Guatemala contributes to strengthening the capacities of the most vulnerable populations to adopt measures of preparedness, mitigation and adaptation to the effects of climate change and other natural hazards, enabling them to prepare, resist, and recover from the impact of disasters.

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CARE Guatemala Capacity Statement

Climate Change and Community Resilience

CARE Guatemala contributes to strengthening the capabilities of vulnerable people to face shocks and stresses, cope with risks, and transform their lives in the face of extreme climatic events. In addition, it seeks to address the underlying causes of vulnerability, improve the social, economic and environmental systems, the structures that sustain them and increase resilience.