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"In case of doubt, the nature of support" in this case refers to the first of the seven principles of the framework law for regulating the reduction of vulnerability required before the effects of climate change adaptation and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions [1], published September 5, 2013, in the Congress of the Republic of Guatemala. This principle implies that when in doubt about an action or omission which may affect the environment, decisions should aim to ensure their protection.

default-sv-logo-2The second principle, "Warning", said: "We will take precautionary measures to anticipate, prevent or minimize the causes of climate change and mitigate its adverse effects. In case of risk of serious or irreversible damage, you should not use the lack of full scientific certainty as a reason to delay these measures. "

With these principles as a spearhead, the promulgation of Decree 7-2013, is given as a result of ongoing work, technical, policy and advocacy, to strengthen the perspective of policy makers, who for a little more four years together, was developed with the participation of civil society in integrated agencies National Roundtable (including Guatemala focalía and address SUSWATCH) and Indigenous climate change, and, led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

As for those who refuse, and for those who have experienced the worst negative impacts of extreme weather events, environmental degradation is a fact, and the loss of lives and livelihoods of the most vulnerable economically and socially. This result largely the fault of countries, sectors and people, according to models that support the extraction, without internalizing the costs of replacing natural goods and services, and also suffer from other evils like corruption, the influences and irresponsibility traffic.

In the context of developing countries like Guatemala, the exhaustion of the capacity of ecosystems to recover at the same pace of its use, while a high percentage of urban and rural communities are reduced to manage the satisfaction of building basic needs and achieve a decent quality of life, closely linked to the five principles of the Act on the newly approved "polluter pays and rehabilitation" after "integrity", "cultural identity", "capacity" and "Participation" .

These principles express the inclusive spirit of the law as well as the effects of a global problem, while recognizing the value of broad participation of citizens and organizations of different peoples that exist in the country.

-What is a higher law, it is not enough, there are no resources, which benefits certain sectors, and a long list of questions began to outsource of those who, rightly or wrongly, do they identify or part of the process.

This may be a higher law that is stacked in the large drawer of the dead letter, it may not be enough to solve the serious social and environmental problems, do not have the resources and benefits of those who persist in change everyday which okay ... However, it opens the possibility of paying so much selfishness, skepticism, inaction and lack of political will. This is one of those opportunities to join and actually generate changes in attitude and even paradigms.

tables of global, national and departmental Aboriginal change continue to work with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the so-called Road Instrumentality pay the Climate Change Act, which requires that the best ideas, contributions and shared between individuals, organizations and sectors.

Continue to drive for present and future generations, and in case of doubt: Encourage nature!


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Alejandro Alemán

Alejandro 2Alejandro is based at the Sustainability Watch/Centro Humboldt in Managua. Alejandro holds a Master in Political Economics with focus on International Economics and Sustainable Development.

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