A workshop was held in Tegucigalpa in the framework of the Country Dialogue process between the EUROCLIMA programme and Honduras
The Government of the Republic of Honduras, through the Secretariat of Energy, Natural Resources, Environment and Mines (SERNA) and the European programme EUROCLIMA+ has started a new round of dialogue for climate cooperation through a workshop with Honduran actors involved in the field.
The Secretary of the Honduran SERNA, Lucky Medina, and the Head of Unit for Mexico, Central America, Caribbean and Regional Operations of DG International Partnerships (DG INTPA) of the European Commission, Felice Zaccheo, opened the workshop in which the main institutions and actors involved in the Honduran climate agenda have analysed priorities and established next steps with the collaboration of 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.
Likewise, it has supported the implementation of plans and policies such as the elaboration 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 Secretary of SERNA, Lucky Medina, said that “the new round of dialogue is a magnificent example of the firm commitment of Honduras in the fight against climate change, a phenomenon that affects us especially because of our geographical location”. He added that “after updating our Nationally Determined Contribution in 2021, and in line with our Climate Justice Agenda, we now revalidate our collaboration with EUROCLIMA, NDC Partnership and the Green Climate Fund to fulfil all our climate commitments“.
For their part, the EU representatives highlighted 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 allow the transition to new economies that guarantee compliance with the Paris Agreements”, explained Felice Zaccheo. She added that “the EU continues to work with its Latin American partners to achieve two goals: to achieve zero emissions by 2050 and to keep the increase in the Earth’s average temperature below 1.5 degrees”.