Guatamala Stakeholders Vote on Policy Priorities

Guatamala Stakeholders Vote on Policy Priorities

Guatemala City.  In early June 2017, through a USAID funded national Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS) policy development process, the Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) facilitated selection of top-priority LEDS policy options by stakeholders and government agency representatives in the industry, transportation, waste management and energy sectors. The LEDS process addresses Guatemala’s Paris Agreement commitments and economic growth goals.  CCS and its partner RTI International led a multi-criteria analysis (MCA) screening process and real-time work group voting to enable diverse stakeholders to reach consensus-based decisions on prioritization of LEDS policy options based on their potential to achieve Guatemala’s environmental, economic and social development objectives. 

In review of the policy option screening and selection process in the industry sector, Chief of Party Luis Alberto Castañeda noted “This consensus is very important because it is public-private in a sector where these agreements are very difficult. Participatory baseline development work, policy catalogs, and objective methods of selection and assessment of impacts of the policies have been fundamental to reach this point of the process.” Local project manager Jonathan Schwarz added, “This type of exercise is not only helpful but also innovative in Guatemala. Industry stakeholders were quite pleased with the LEDS process and the type of technical support provided, as well as the documentation of each step which they appreciate as transparent and accurate.”

The USAID/Low Emission Development project in Guatemala uses CCS’s 10-step stakeholder-based decision making process to identify, design, analyze, and implement effective LEDS policies in all sectors.  Priority policy selection workshops for agriculture and forestry sectors will be held in July. This will be followed by design of priority policy options in all sectors and analysis of their direct and indirect environmental, resource, and economic impacts. CCS will continue to provide capacity building and facilitative and technical support in these phases of the process. 

06-26-17 GT2.jpgResults of policy option screening are based on multi criteria attribute ratings and group voting. 

 

Photo: Renato Escobedo of the Ministry of Communication, Infrastructure and Housing presents results of the policy priority selection process in the transportation sector.

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