The village Taltimiche is located in the San Marcos Guatemalan Highlands. Recent years have seen an increase of the violent storm events that cause floods, mudslides, and erosion. In 2005 Hurricane Stan destroyed most of the community’s land in an extreme case. Climate change is exacerbating weather events such as torrential storms, droughts, longer summer seasons with larger temperature extremes (both hot and cold), increased erosion, water shortages, and landslides. The community began conservation practices such as planting trees and selective agriculture using their own funds. But after having deemed inefficient these practices were supplemented by the Guatemalan government.
The Guatemalan government has led successful community-based adaptation programs to deal with the local effects of climate change. Practices that enabled the success of the program included:
This program was found to be most successful when it was implemented on the local level with the curriculum tailored to local questions and feedback.