Forest Governance Project: MAPF

The Forest Governance Project, financed by the European Union, is developed in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, by a consortium of indigenous and community based organizations led by ICCO. A strategic ally for the implementation of this project is the Mesoamerican Alliance of Peoples and Forests (MAPF), to support strengthen operational capacities of forest communities and their effective involvement in forest governance and sustainable management.

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Integrated by indigenous governments and community forestry organizations, the Mesoamerican Alliance of Peoples and Forests (AMPB) is a space for coordination and exchange of territorial authorities that administer or influence the main forests of Mesoamerica. It works to strengthen dialogue (focused on community management of natural resources), and to influence governments and international actors so that conservation and climate balance strategies appropriately integrate the rights of Indigenous Peoples and Forest Communities.

Most of the organizations members of the implementing consortium of this project have been integrated into MAPF for many years. This platform will support capacity building actions for indigenous leaders and forest communities involved in this project, and it will foster their participation in regional and international discussion spaces related to forest governance.
Forest Governance Project:  MAPF

Target group

-1200 indigenous and community leaders.


The action seeks to consolidate decision-making dynamics and governance measures based on inclusive dialogue, respect for the rights of Indigenous Peoples and responsiveness of state authorities. This opening of dialogue and democratization of decision-making will allow the effective fulfillment of a legal framework that already exists, but which application is historically limited by the lack of recognition of indigenous communities as subjects of law. Increased capacities of indigenous authorities and organizations, as well as of forest, peasant and fishing communities will have a direct impact on biodiversity conservation and restoration, sustainable management and protection of Mesoamerican forests.

Goals overview

The project aims to strengthen the contribution of non-state actors in the governance and sustainable management of forests, and their contribution to the development of their country.

The specific goals are to:
- Consolidate the organizational, institutional and leadership capacities of communities-based organizations and indigenous leaders.
- Improve transparency and access to public information on the environmental, forestry and land use sector in Guatemala, with extensive monitoring by civil society and indigenous peoples. Each year a specific report will be published containing relevant indicator of access to public information.
-Build a permanent mechanism for the renewal of capacities based on exchange processes, organizational improvements and local governance at local and regional scale.
- Reduce the barriers for the effective participation of civil society, Indigenous Peoples and forest communities in forest governance, adopting policy measures that ensure inclusion, equity, responsibility, transparency and knowledge of forestry practices.
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