Geographical Region
Latin American and the Caribbean
Years of Fellowship
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About / Bio
Lilian Yon B. is the UN-NF Alumni Network Regional Representative for Latin America and the Caribbean. She studied Law at Francisco Marroquín University in Guatemala obtaining the degree of lawyer and notary public, LLM. She completed a Masters Degree in Business Law and Postgraduate Studies in Commercial Law at the Latin American University of Science and Technology in Panama where she graduated with Summa Cum Laude Honours, and also has Postgraduate Studies in Central America Integration with ETEA an Institution of the University of Córdoba from Spain.

In 2009 she participated in the United Nations Environment Programme –UNEP 9th Training Programme in Environmental Law and Policy in Kenya where she gave a presentation on the process of developing the law relating to adaptation and mitigation of climate change in Guatemala.

In 2007 Lilian obtained the 1st prize in the Ayn Rand´s “Atlas Shrugged” review contest held at the Ludwig von Mises Library, Francisco Marroquín University in Guatemala.

She has published some articles in: HACER: Hispanic American Center for Economic Research Newsletter, LA PRENSA: The highest circulated newspaper in Panama; and ELEUTHERIA: Francisco Marroquín University, Philosophy Electronic Magazine.

Lilian has been contributed with the UN-NFF Alumni Newsletter since the begining of her fellowship in March, 2011.

She is a UN-Nippon Fellow for the 2011-2012 term. First phase: The Marine Law and Ocean Policy Center of the National University of Ireland in Galway. Second phase: DOALOS, NY. Research title: Climate Change and the Protection of Guatemalan Marine-Coastal Ecosystems.

Research Abstract:

Guatemala is prone to natural disasters such as tropical storms, hurricanes and earthquakes. This is borne out by the 2009 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction which classifies Guatemala as one of the world's top ten countries that is vulnerable to natural disasters. This is why the adoption of climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies are vital for the future economic prosperity of the country.

This research paper provides background information on the national climate change policy in Guatemala and how this is influenced to a greater or lesser degree by maritime matters. The paper makes a number of research recommendations for further action and capacity building. They aim to improve adaptive capacity at a national level and include a strategy for mitigation and disaster risk reduction. Particular emphasis is placed on reducing the risks to vulnerable communities along the coastline who bear the brunt of climate impacts such as frequent floods, droughts and heat waves, and whose severity are foreseen by scientists to increase over the coming decades.

The paper concludes that the protection of marine coastal ecosystems and the sustainable use of their goods and services is vitally important and will in the longer-term contribute to the economic well-being and prosperity of Guatemala.

Fellow Contact Information: [email protected]

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