A new round of dialogue begins between Honduras and the European Union on climate cooperation

A multi-stakeholder workshop organised in the framework of the EUROCLIMA programme has brought together various actors involved in Honduran climate action to define next steps.

Tegucigalpa, 9 September 2022-. The Government of the Republic of Honduras, through the Secretariat of Energy, Natural Resources, Environment and Mines (SERNA), and the European Union's EUROCLIMA Programme have started this Friday a new round of dialogue for cooperation on climate issues, the starting point of which was a workshop held in Tegucigalpa with various Honduran actors involved in this area.

Mr. Lucky Medina, Secretary of SERNA of Honduras, and Mr. Felice Zaccheo, Head of Unit for Mexico, Central America, Caribbean and Regional Operations of DG International Partnerships (DG INTPA) of the European Commission, have been in charge of opening this workshop, in which the main institutions and actors involved in the Honduran climate agenda have analysed priorities and established next steps. The workshop was organised in collaboration with the NDC Partnership and the Green Climate Fund.

The EUROCLIMA Programme has been supporting Honduras since 2018, through various multi-country and regional projects on topics such as forests and biodiversity, improving land use, improving risk management capacities, supporting family farming as an adaptation strategy in rural areas and supporting resilient food production, especially in the Trifinio area, as well as supporting the coffee sector.

In turn, it has supported the development of plans and policies, including the development of the National Strategy for Decarbonisation and Climate Resilience of Honduras, the structuring of a Climate Financial Inclusion Strategy, the generation of regionalised climate scenarios and public-private articulation for climate action.

"The new round of dialogue we are starting today is a magnificent example of the strong commitment of Honduras in the fight against climate change, a phenomenon that affects us especially because of our geographical location," said Honduran Minister of Environment, Lucky Medina. "Following the updating of our Nationally Determined Contribution in 2021, and aligned with our Agenda for Climate Justice, we now revalidate our collaboration with EUROCLIMA, NDC Partnership and the Green Climate Fund to deliver on all our climate commitments," said Medina. 

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For their part, EU representatives underlined the importance of cooperation with Honduras for the advancement of the green transition in Latin America. "Creating synergies in the region through the Green Pact approach will enable the transition to new economies that ensure compliance with the Paris Agreements," explained Jaume Segura, EU Ambassador to Honduras. "The EU continues to work with its Latin American partners to achieve two goals: to reach zero emissions by 2050 and to keep the Earth's average temperature increase below 1.5 degrees Celsius," added Felice Zaccheo from INTPA.

EUROCLIMA in Honduras 

The workshop held today in Tegucigalpa is organised in the framework of the Country Dialogue process between the EUROCLIMA Programme and Honduras, with the International and Ibero-America Foundation for Administration and Public Policy (FIIAPP) and the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) as facilitating agencies. The Honduras-EUROCLIMA Country Dialogue began in 2018 with the organisation of a dialogue table that allowed the Honduran government to strengthen the country's first Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), as well as to identify actions whose implementation this European programme would be able to support.

As a result, EUROCLIMA has provided technical assistance to Honduras in the development of plans and policies such as the Climate Financial Inclusion Strategy, the generation of regionalised climate scenarios, the public-private articulation for climate action and the National Strategy for Decarbonisation and Climate Resilience of Honduras 2020-2050.

In May 2021, the Honduran government updated its NDC with the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. In this context, SERNA has promoted a second round of dialogue with the aim of further defining priorities and giving continuity to the Honduras-EU cooperation on climate issues, with which the development of a Honduras-EUROCLIMA Action Plan is foreseen.

About EUROCLIMA 

EUROCLIMA is a programme funded by the European Union and co-financed by the German federal government through the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), as well as by the governments of France and Spain through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation.

The Programme's mission is to reduce the impact of climate change and its effects in 18 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, promoting mitigation, adaptation, resilience and climate investment. It is implemented according to the "Spirit of Team Europe" under the synergistic work of seven agencies: the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), the French Development Agency (AFD); the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC); Expertise France (EF); the International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policy (FIIAPP); the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) GmbH and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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