From icy mountaintops and tropical forests to black sand beaches and dry deserts, Guatemala’s landscapes shelter great biological diversity. Named “the Land of Eternal Spring”, Guatemala’s fertile land has been the source of life for people for thousands of years. Today, Guatemala continues to stand out for its extraordinary natural beauty, as well as for its cultural richness— more than 22 indigenous languages are spoken across the country. However, systemic poverty and challenges resulting from climate change have tipped the balance between nature and people, putting nature seriously at risk.
TNC has worked in Guatemala since 1991 promoting conservation that is compatible with social progress and development. In the Western Altiplano, one of Guatemala’s most vulnerable regions to climate change, we implement sustainable rural development strategies for climate change mitigation and adaptation and reinforce robust forest management. In Guatemala City, Central America’s largest city, we conserve the critical upstream ecosystems that restore, capture and retain the urban water supply to provide water security for 2.7 million people.
Learn about Guatemala's first water fund, a joint effort by The Nature Conservancy and the Latin American Water Funds Partnership.
Expanding conservation and rural development
Safeguarding our most valuable resource
Watch a slideshow of some of the landscapes, people, flora and fauna of Guatemala.