Tax, resources and climate change in Guatemala

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We works to ensure transparency and free and informed consultations in relation to mining. Our main focus are the indigenous peoples, because they are most affected by pollution and environmental destruction in the extractive industries. In relation to climate change, Oxfam IBIS supports civil society through lobbying and advocacy. In addition, we support local adaptation initiatives, prevention and mitigation to address the effects of climate change.



Extractive industries

We assume that the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity is based on the existence of indigenous peoples. They exercise their right to implement the concept of Good Living, consolidate and manage their territories. We face the threats and pressures from extractive industries (oil, gas, mining and timber) through improved sustainable management of natural resources found within the lands and legally recognized indigenous territories.

Climate change

Oxfam IBIS works with advocacy to influence climate change policy in Central America. Furthermore, we support disaster prevention and mitigation, as well as food security and local adaptation to climate change. These practical efforts are made through sustainability projects, information work and courses. Oxfam IBIS cooperates with three organizations in Central America: Humboldt Center - working with local development, environment and sustainable management of natural resources; ACICAFOC works with communities and indigenous peoples in Central America to ensure ecologically sustainable development, and working Solar Foundation with Oxfam IBIS to prevent the effects of climate change in Guatemala.


The program Latin America against Poverty and Inequality (LAPI for its acronym in English) will continue to work on the experiences of Oxfam IBIS related to the protection of the rights and interests of indigenous peoples in Latin America through regional advocacy projects and internationally. The projects are initially made in Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Guatemala and Nicaragua, but the program is not limited to these countries.