Guatemala is vulnerable to a variety of natural disasters, and underlying poverty exacerbates these challenges. The Government of Guatemala and international donors are addressing multiple sectors to build countywide resilience.
Guatemala is vulnerable to a variety of natural disasters, including hurricanes, earthquakes, and floods, as well as increasing temperatures and increasingly frequent droughts. Widespread poverty, especially in rural areas, underlies and exacerbates these risks. The Government of Guatemala has prioritized improvements to the national capacity for risk recovery and climate change adaptation; strengthening public investments in risk reduction; and improving land use planning and urban development in high-risk areas. International donors are building resilience in Guatemala through activities that support watershed management; farmer training to improve livelihoods; rehabilitation of degraded environments; improving nutrition; and market development in rural areas.