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CHOCOLATE TO SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT- THE CASE OF GUATEMALA

Climate change is a serious issue in Guatemala, as the country is one of the ten most vulnerable to its effects. In 2010, Guatemala was ranked second in the world on the Global Climate Risk Index, which measures "exposure and vulnerability to extreme events."


Guatemala remains vulnerable to natural disasters, and its natural resource base has been depleted as a result of overexploitation, deforestation, and slash-and-burn agricultural practices. Higher temperatures and more variable rainfall will raise the risk of food and water insecurity among the country's most vulnerable citizens. Climate change will exacerbate disaster risks in rapidly urbanizing areas with highly unstable physical infrastructure. Land-use change and forestry account for roughly half of total greenhouse gas emissions, with forestry, energy, and agriculture following closely behind.


RETURN OF COCOA MANUFACTURE


Floods and landslides are the main threats as climate change affects Guatemala by changing the intensity and frequency of precipitation patterns. As a result, land use has become even more of a pressing issue.


The country, already damaged by poverty, is furtherly harmed by this abnormous humanitarian and climate crisis.


Fortunately, the return of cocoa manufacturing can simultaneously alleviate both economic and environmental issues.


Indeed, the project "Productive Landscape Resilient to Climate Change and Strengthened Socioeconomic Networks in Guatemala" helps organized cacao producers increase the quality and profitability of artisanal chocolate while also fostering cocoa crop recovery.


UNDP and Guatemala's Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources are addressing environmental risks through community-based and community-driven adaptation with funding from the Adaptation Fund.


The project is working to improve ecosystem management and reduce community vulnerability by partnering with local community-based organizations to integrate better agricultural practices that mitigate the effects of climate change.


The principles of sustainability are demonstrated here by identifying the best techniques suited to the climate and local area: by implementing eco-sustainable growing methods, soil erosion can be controlled, and the shaded parts and microorganisms in the most fertile areas are studied to reproduce them in the less fertile areas, and the best techniques are identified based on the climate and local area.


 


Cacao is the heritage of Guatemala, and Guatemala people have intelligently made this precious product a prosperous and eco-friendly business.


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