Peer-to-peer exchange for the advancement of Monitoring, Reporting and Verification systems in Honduras

The activity allowed the exchange of experiences among professionals from Honduras for the strengthening of MRV systems in the framework of the Pacific Alliance in Latin America

In the framework of Euroclima, since 2018, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH together with the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), develop the initiative Peer Dialogue to enhance the implementation of NDCs in Latin America, which seeks to facilitate the exchange of experiences and South-South, and triangular cooperation to enhance the implementation of NDCs and other commitments that Latin American countries have acquired in the framework of the Paris Agreement.

In this context, an important exchange of experiences on national Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) systems implemented in the framework of the Pacific Alliance in Latin America has been carried out in conjunction with the ProAgenda Project of GIZ Honduras.

The meeting was held on June 13 and 14, with the participation of key actors from different ministries of Honduras: The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (SERNA), the Institute of Forest Conservation (IFC), the Ministry of Energy (SEN), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

(SRCI), the National Institute of Statistics (NIS) and the Pacific Alliance in Latin America.

At this event, Irene Ortega, representative of the National Directorate of Climate Change (NDCC) of SERNA, gave the opening remarks, welcoming the representative of the Pacific Alliance and the participants of the institutions, also emphasized the importance of having this type of exchanges, as they contribute greatly to strengthen institutional capacities and consequently contribute to government decision making to improve national circumstances in terms of climate change and sustainable development.

Next, Danhy Fuentes, Technical Advisor on Climate Governance for GIZ Euroclima, presented the context and objective of the exchange, inviting the audience to take full advantage of the knowledge and experiences that the Pacific Alliance would be sharing.

Subsequently, a representative of each institution presented the progress and challenges of the NDC Honduras, and the country initiatives that are underway to monitor compliance with the country's climate commitments.

On the other hand, Mr. Francisco Pinto, Coordinator of the MRV Technical Subgroup of the Pacific Alliance in Latin America (PA) shared the experiences that the countries have faced on this issue. In his presentation, Mr. Pinto addressed issues such as the main challenges of the Pacific Alliance to have an MRV system; the experiences, learned lessons and good practices of the institutional arrangements that were made to address the need for data for a robust MRV; the barriers that were identified in the institutions with key roles for MRV; the experiences, learned lessons, good practices and priority issues for institutional capacity building and how they identified the institutional arrangements for capacity building and the sources of external support for capacity building.

After the presentations, a space for discussion and working tables was opened so that the representatives of Honduran institutions could discuss the needs of institutional arrangements and capacity building for national MRV and how to solve them. This space also served to propose alternatives and solutions with the knowledge of Mr. Pinto. Likewise, Luis Guardiola of the ProAgenda project indicated that the Statistical Committee on Environment and Climate Change of Honduras will be key to the creation of robust institutional arrangements and thus guarantee the exchange of information for the national MRV system that will be formed in the coming months.

Finally, Mr. Robert Glass, Director of the ProAgenda project, offered words of thanks and closing remarks at this important event. Mr. Glass stated that he was very satisfied with the level of participation and commitment of the institutions, emphasizing that in the short term other similar events will be organized that will contribute to improve the enabling conditions to establish a robust system within the framework of Transparency of the Paris Agreement and that of course this will support to increase the mobilization of climate finance resources for Honduras.

Euroclima is the European Union's flagship programme on environmental sustainability and climate change with Latin America. It aims to reduce the impact of climate change and its effects in Latin America by promoting climate change mitigation and adaptation through resilience and investment. 
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