New Law on Climate Change in Guatemala

Progress is being made on an environmental law which establishes regulations to prevent and respond to climate change threats.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Framework Law to Regulate the Reduction of Vulnerability, Compulsory Adaptation to the Effects of Climate Change and Mitigation of Greenhouse Gases creates a National Council as a regulating body and will be represented by members of the government, rural organizations, municipalities, and environmentalists in addition to the private sector.

In addition a National Information System where all data will be gathered and a National Fund to finance projects that are related to the phenomena of weather will be set up.

One "... aspect of interest to the industry is that the definition of activities that generate carbon certificates will be able to have access to the corresponding markets and other mechanisms for payment of environmental services, which will require entry on the respective registry at Ministry will of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN)," noted an article in

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