Natural Disaster & Prepared and Resilient Communities

The project aims to increase risk awareness, analysing its connection with territorial vulnerabilities, in order to prepare both communities and municipalities for an adequate and effective emergency response to natural disasters.

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Beneficiaries (*)

Local partners

CEDEPEM – Centr Experimental Desarrollo Pequeña y Mediana Empresa

ASB - Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund

International partners

COOPI – International Cooperation

Funding agencies

ECHO – European Commission

Starting date

April, 2016

Implementation period

18 months

The proposed action concerns 20 rural communities with high seismic risk in the Departments of Quetzaltenango and Totonicapán. The communities are placed on the geographic strip that crosses the Dry Corridor, chronically affected by drought, landslides, frost, forest fires, and medium and intense scale storms. These communities are very poor and vulnerable and they have a low ability to adapt in response to traumatic events. The action is aimed at involving the population in the management of natural disasters and in recovery and reconstruction phases. In addition, the project supports vulnerable families in increasing protection, adapting and recovering economic benefits and strengthening livelihoods against natural disasters and climate change effects.

The General Objective is contributing to disaster risk reduction by consolidating institutions and involving the West Highlands of Guatemala civil society.

The Specific Objective is strengthening the risk management and resilience capability of the most vulnerable groups of 4 Indigenous Municipalities in the Departments of Quetzaltenango and Totonicapán.

  • Design and implementation of an initial and final research on Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices (KAP);
  • Integrated Risk Management Disaster Training  addressed to local staff - in collaboration with the SE-CONRED Preparation Unit, within PRONEGIR;
  • Implementation of small- mitigation systems to protect livelihood at community level and technical follow-up;
  • Establishment of a Rapid Alert System against drought and food insecurity based on the "Sentinel Site" Method (Sitio Centinela);
  • Support to ENATESARO - Escuela National de Técnicos en Salud Rural de Occidente on strengthening community resilience to Rural Community Health Technicians.


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