Ak TenamitStrengthening the indigenous community

Climate Change Rights

Indigenous Communities Bear the Brunt of Climate Change


Lola Cabnal, Ak’ Tenamit’s Director of Environmental Advocacy, leads national workshops to help local environmental protection agencies coordinate their work.

Guatemala’s geography and climate are responsible for the country’s rich biodiversity but also make the region highly vulnerable to climate change. It is arguable that those who will be most impacted by these changes are the Country’s 24 indigenous groups. Although they have coexisted with nature for centuries, the environmental changes their areas are experiencing only exacerbates the poverty and extreme poverty that they face.

Indigenous women are likely to suffer the worst. They may have to walk further to collect water or wood. They may have to work longer hours in the fields because it was hardened following severe drought or may watch their entire harvest be destroyed by floods, which also brings water-borne diseases.

Promoting Indigenous Rights During Climate Change

Our mission

National and international leaders are currently designing strategies to regulate and mitigate the effects of climate change on high-risk areas; the activities that result from these decisions will directly impact indigenous villages.

Our mission is to:

Through GICCC’s advocacy, the Framework Law and Guatemala’s national climate change strategy (REDD) now include measures to protect indigenous groups.

Our work

Ak’ Tenamit has participated in the UN’s International
Climate Change conferences since 2009.