Strengthening the climate change information system for decision-making in Guatemala

Gautemala City

This Technology Transfer Advances Guatemala's


Although Guatemala has made important progress in the use of climate information for decision making and that there is environmental and socio-economic data and latest generation information platforms, their exploitation and use to support decision-making and public policy-making is often limited due to the gaps between technological supply and stakeholder demand to translate information into climate action. The Government of Guatemala, therefore, requested CTCN support to strengthen the National Information System on Climate Change (SNICC). The main challenge for the implementation of the SNICC is related to the facilitation of the integration within institutions and the establishment of inter-institutional agreements between ministries and other organizations (including the private sector).

Requested CTCN Response

  • Define an indicator framework to enable government and private decision makers in Guatemala to make better decisions on investment for vulnerability, mitigation and adaptation to climate change;
  • Jointly validate the proposed indicators set and architecture and functionalities for an information system;
  • Develop a model for the information system including indicators protocols, required visualizations functions, data sources and software/hardware solutions;
  • Recommendation to ensure the implementation of an environmental and climate change information system using open-source resources and a flexible and modular system to integrate all running initiatives. 

Relevant Technologies and Approaches

Expected Results

The successful implementation of this technical assistance will allow the impacts of mitigation and adaptation activities in the country to be monitored, in addition to interpreting this information to improve decision-making. It will allow the country to adjust its development programmes to the changing climate conditions and to take early steps to reduce potential loss and damage from climate change. Furthermore:

  •  In the medium-short term (2018-2020): The coordination and agreement of all running initiatives to contribute to the implementation and governance of the SNICC as single climate information platform enabling all national and international communication on climate efforts;
  • Funds requested in proposals to international institution for 2019: 127.500 USD to CBIT and 200.000 USD to IADB;
  • In the medium-long term impact: The implementation, the operation and maintenance of the system and the coordination and governance among all the actors, independently of the changes of government and political agendas;
  • The SNICC is used for national MRV efforts for official UNFCCC communication as well as for the Aichi commitments and other UN conventions as well as SDGs and Plan K’atun;
  •  9 institutions (4 ministries, 2 secretaries and 3 decentralized institutions contributing to SNICC) with increased capacity to collaborate, produce and use information and implement indicators and information platform. 


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Project details

Cross-sectoral enabler
Communication and awareness
Economics and financial decision-making
Governance and planning
Final type of assistance
Decision-making tools and/or information provision
Request NDE
Ministerio de Ambiente y Recursos Naturales
Alterra, Stichting DLO
This technical assistance advances the following Sustainable Development Goals