Private Institute for Research on Climate Change

Created by the Sugar Association of Guatemala in 2010, with the aim of developing research and promote actions that contribute to reducing vulnerability, mitigation and adaptation to climate change in communities, systems, products and infrastructure the region of influence of its members.

In its first year of existence, the ICC focused on:

  • To acquire legal status.
  • Form the team.
  • Develop the 2011-2012 Strategic Plan.
  • Start partnerships with institutions at local, national and international levels.
  • Perform the first studies and actions.

All mills that make ASAZGUA are the founding members of the institute. However, the bylaws provide that other companies, associations and institutions can join if they share the same vision.


To achieve the overall objective, the following five programs were created:

  • Climate and Hydrology Research: Responsible for generating information and analysis on climate and water resources that are used for making decisions related to present and future challenges of climate change. This program is in charge of managing the network of meteorological stations in the sugar sector (formerly administered by CENGICAÑA). This year I start the expansion of the network to the top of the watersheds of the Pacific slope.


  • Ecosystems Research: its aim is to generate and validate knowledge that helps maintain services that forests and agricultural systems provide to society (livelihoods, biodiversity, regulation of the water cycle, carbon sequestration and soil protection). One of the most important tasks in charge of the program is to develop the annual inventory of emissions of greenhouse gases cultivation of sugar cane and start the emissions inventory of the entire sugar industry. On the basis of these emission reduction opportunities they are identified. This program performed an analysis of the situation of the forest cover in the basins of the Pacific slope as a starting point to look for actions that help preserve and restore forests. One of the priorities is the design and implementation of biological corridors.


  • Integrated Watershed Management: Search promote and implement actions to maintain the integrity of natural resources (forest, water, soil, biodiversity) in the basins taking into account their social context. Among its functions is to coordinate reforestation campaigns and establishment of forest nurseries in different municipalities.


  • Risk Management Disaster: It was created impact in reducing disaster risk through providing key information and promoting actions based on the analysis of natural and social factors (infrastructure, emergency preparedness, logistics, recovery, early warning). It is focusing on the main threat southern Guatemala; flooding.


  • Capacity Building and Outreach: Responsible for disseminating information and knowledge to increase the capacity of the population and productive systems to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

Major Projects And Actions In Progress

  • Reforestation Campaign 2011: thousands of trees were planted 39 native species in projects organized in 17 municipalities that are part of the Coyolate, Acome, Maria Linda and Nahualate basins. It featured the collaboration of several local players such as MAMCOSUR, educational institutions, municipalities, mills and other companies. The focus of reforestation in 2011 was to restore forest cover with native species and in the following years trees will be planted in order to meet needs of the population as firewood and timber.


  • Symposium on Water Resources Escuintla: This symposium was conducted to gather information on this issue and initiate an analysis of the problems related as a starting point for finding solutions. The event was jointly organized by the MAMCOSUR and the ICC, and took place at the National Museum of Natural History in Guatemala City. strong participation from different universities and government institutions were reported.


  • Training: They have given several lectures on topics related to climate change and the environment both locally and nationally. He held a diploma in climate change aimed at teachers of basic education 35 national system in the department of Suchitepéquez. Was a pilot project which will be replicated in different departments taking into account the multiplier effect of knowledge of teachers to the young population. Thus it is expected to influence the capacity building to address climate change.


  • Support for the Ninth National Forestry Congress: This is held every three years and brings together all stakeholders in the forestry sector. This year was held in Antigua Guatemala in August. The ICC supported the congress:


    1. Patrocinio de materiales para participantes.

    2. Participación activa en el comité científico que escogió las ponencias.

    3. Patrocinio de una expositora internacional (Dra. Consuelo Espinosa de UICN Washington).

    4. Becas completas a cinco estudiantes de carreras de recursos naturales para participar en el congreso (2 de Sololá, una de Totonicapán, uno de Huehuetenango y uno de Cobán).

    5. Apoyo para que participaran técnicos de la región sur del Instituto Nacional de Bosques.


For more information, visit www.icc.org.gt