Guaemala Water Fund FUNCAGUA watershed and surrounding areas
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The Nature Conservancy in Guatemala

Guatemala

Water Security. Safeguarding our most vital resource.

Water is the essence of life on earth. As Guatemala's population grows and becomes increasingly urbanized, more and more water is consumed every day and there is less and less of it. The Nature Conservancy's water strategy in Guatemala is part of a regional vision for conserving key watersheds and water resources, involving the public and private sectors, academia and civil society.

We are working collectively to generate significant investments in ecosystems that produce freshwater and to create a legal framework that will bring about water security for the region, as a means of adapting to climate change.

We protect freshwater in Guatemala by:

Protecting priority areas to maintain freshwater sources.
Transforming the management of water and areas that naturally provide water.
Inspiring adequate use and management of water and its sources.

Water is the essence of life on earth.

As Guatemala's population grows and becomes increasingly urbanized, more and more water is consumed every day and there is less and less of it.

The Nature Conservancy's water strategy in Guatemala is part of a regional vision for conserving key watersheds and water resources, involving the public and private sectors, academia and civil society.

We are working collectively to generate significant investments in ecosystems that produce freshwater and to create a legal framework that will bring about water security for the region, as a means of adapting to climate change.

We protect freshwater in Guatemala by:

  • Protecting priority areas to maintain freshwater sources
  • Transforming the management of water and areas that naturally provide water
  • Inspiring adequate use and management of water and its sources
Agricultural views of an important watershed for Guatemala City. Near Panabajal, Department of Chimaltenango, Guatemala
PLACE_HOLDER Above, agricultural views of an important watershed for Guatemala City near Panabajal, Department of Chimaltenango, Guatemala. © PLACE_HOLDER

In areas like Chimaltenango, we establish and develop Water Funds, which are innovative financial mechanisms that harness investments from the private and public sectors to help protect and restore forests and ecosystems in upstream watersheds that, in turn, capture and clean the water we need to supply our cities and economies downstream.

Our Water Funds protect upstream water sources for millions by:

  • Payment of environmental services
  • Environmental education
  • Urban riparian restoration
  • Prevention of land use change
  • Community training

To learn more about what a Water Fund is, click here.


Daniel Consuegra, Vocal Primero with Asociacion Para El Desarrollo Ecologico Vicalama, leads a garbage clean up event in Las Gacamayas Ravine. Guatemala City, Guatemala.
PLACE_HOLDER Above, Daniel Consuegra, Vocal Primero with Asociacion Para El Desarrollo Ecologico Vicalama, leads a garbage clean up event in Las Gacamayas Ravine, Guatemala City, Guatemala. © PLACE_HOLDER

The Nature Conservancy works with many different levels of government and community leaders like Daniel to transform the way people think about water, our most vital resource.

We create an enabling environment to facilitate large-scale water conservation through collaboration with local and national governments with the aim of creating or modifying policies and incentives (such as tariffs, rates and allocations) that promote the efficient use water resources.

In and around Guatemala City, we are creating the FUNCAGUA Water Fund to protect priority areas that naturally filter water.

  • To learn more about Guatemala City's Water Fund, read more here!
  • Click here to explore the city's urban water blueprint.
  • Guatemala's Water Fund was legally created in 2017. Click here.

Views of Guatemala City from the surrounding hillsides. Guatemala City, Guatemala.
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Inspiring adequate use and management of water and its sources

Above, a view of Guatemala City stretches out for miles. Our upstream water conservation projects funded by businesses and governments protect water for millions in Guatemala's capital.

We promote Corporate Water Stewardship so that the business community can compensate for its water use through investments in high impact restoration and conservation actions (in line with Water Funds). This equates to businesses putting back into nature the same volume of water utilized in their productive processes.

To learn more about our partners, click here!

In the video below, to spread awareness about Water Funds, we walked around Guatemala City to ask residents if they know where their water comes from: "De dónde viene tu agua?"