About 35% of Guatemala’s total surface area is covered in forests, down considerably from 50% in 1950. Over this time, forests have been cleared primarily for agricultural use, livestock production, and urban settlements. Forest fires, pests and diseases, and illegal wood extraction are also some of Guatemala’s direct drivers of deforestation.

Guatemala's FCPF Carbon Fund Program
Program name: Guatemala National Program for the Reduction and Removal of Emissions
Program location:

92 percent of the national territory

Program area: 10 million ha
ERPA terms: Up to $52.5 million for reductions of 10.5 MtCO2e

Guatemala’s ER program aims to strengthen the management of national protected areas and reinforce forest policy instruments. The program is implementing REDD+ activities focused on expanding existing incentives to increase carbon stocks; promoting sustainable forest management; strengthening the co-management of protected areas, agroforestry systems, and forest plantations; improving governance and law enforcement on forest lands; developing a forest products value chain; and promoting new mechanisms to compensate for the conservation of environmental and ecosystem services.


FCPF 2023 Annual Report

The 2023 Annual Report spotlights the groundbreaking emission reductions payments made over the past year to Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Indonesia, and the Lao PDR. Combined with Mozambique’s emission reductions payments to date, Carbon Fund results-based payments now total $53.2 million, with that number expected to increase to at least $300 million in the coming year.

Land Area
$ billions
Forest Area
% land area
avg. annual %
Terrestrial protected areas
% of total land area

ER Program Details

Country Focal Points

Philippe Eric Dardel (IDB)