Honduras

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Country Initiatives Details

Assessment of Climate Risk and Construction Practices for Highway Bridge Infrastructure

Canada’s Total Contribution: $750,000

Targeted Countries: Honduras

Funding Period: 2011/2012, 2012/2013

Delivery Partner(s):

Description

Canada’s contribution to Engineers Canada supported the assessment by Honduran experts and officials of the vulnerability of public infrastructures to climate change impacts.

Results/Expected Outcomes

With support from Canada's contribution, this capacity-building project focused on helping Honduran engineers and policy makers to understand and define the risks and vulnerabilities of the current infrastructure; and building country capacity to plan and execute projects to adapt to the impacts of extreme weather and future climate. As part of the capacity-building focus, the team also prepared and distributed university-level course material on the adaptation of public infrastructure to climate change to Latin American universities.

Sustainable Energy Loans for Clean Energy in Honduras

Canada’s Total Contribution: $5,000,000

Targeted Countries: Honduras

Funding Period: 2010/2011

Project Funded through a Canadian Facility: IFC - Canada Climate Change Program (CCCP)

Delivery Partner(s):

Description

The IFC-Canada Climate Change Program provided a credit line to a local financial intermediary in order to provide loans to small scale renewable energy, energy efficiency, and cleaner-production projects in Honduras. This project is complemented by advisory services to help the bank build a pipeline and finance renewable energy projects.

Results/Expected Outcomes

This initiative is expected to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the use of alternative energy sources and cleaner technologies. The project will also contribute to the creation of new jobs during the design, construction, and operation of the sub-projects. In addition, consumers will have improved access to more reliable and less costly sources of energy. With support from Canada, this project is expected to mobilize an additional $45 million in co-financing from public and private sources and lead to an estimated greenhouse gas emissions reduction of 32,000 metric tons of CO2 per year.*
Co-Financing/Mobilized Finance (CAD$): $45,000,000
Estimated GHG (metric tons of CO₂) Reduction Associated with Project (per year)Disclaimer *: 32,000

Promoting Food Security in the Cholteca and Rio Negro Watersheds (PROSADE)

Canada’s Total Contribution: $10,770,893

Targeted Countries: Honduras

Funding Period: 2009/2010, 2010/2011, 2011/2012, 2012/2013, 2013/2014, 2014/2015

Delivery Partner(s):

  • CARE Canada

Description

This project aims to enhance food security for 21,400 poor rural families in the Choluteca and Rio Negro watersheds in southern Honduras through improved agricultural productivity, diversity and the promotion of sustainable natural resource management practices. The project will involve providing technical assistance and training to farmers (in collaboration with the Center for Tropical Agriculture).

This project demonstrates Canada’s dedication to climate change action in developing countries. Key activities include increasing access to drought resistant seeds for production and promoting the adoption of environmentally sustainable farming practices. In addition, the project will provide assistance to municipalities to enable the development and implementation of integrated watershed management and disaster prevention plans.

Results/Expected Outcomes

As a result of project activities, farmers gained knowledge of three or more sustainable agricultural practices and are now cultivating land more productively and with better conservation methods. In addition, 77 "cajas rurales" (rural savings and loan funds) were created, awarding 49% of the credits to women. Overall, since the implementation of the project, families' welfare rose 36%, exceeding the planned target of 30%, and the average household income increased by 36.7%.

Canada’s support also helped more than 28,500 families living in 160 most at-risk communities in the Dry Corridor of Honduras to mitigate and adapt to climate change, by applying best management practices of smart agriculture and by using the most efficient reservoir for rain water catchment in areas lacking of natural water sources through an innovative geotextile bag for storing 25,000 liters of rain water by household. In addition, water risk management outcomes include the completion of 19 watershed action plans and the organization of 19 local watershed committees, where women are now occupying decision-making positions and are trained to better manage risk and to adapt to climate change.

Strengthening Food Security in the Poorest Municipalities

Canada’s Total Contribution: $17,000,000

Targeted Countries: Honduras

Funding Period: 2010/2011, 2011/2012, 2012/2013, 2013/2014, 2014/2015

Delivery Partner(s):

Description

This project provided support for the Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) Special Program for Food Security. This project aimed to improve the food security of vulnerable households in the poorest municipalities in Honduras by promoting their access to food, health and nutrition. It also focused on improving family consumption and utilization of nutritional food, and strengthening government and non-government institutions working in the food security and nutrition sectors.

Key project activities included providing farmers with best practices and improved technologies for integrated soil and water management, and training farmers in diversifying agricultural production to improve family diet. The project promoted fair access to market opportunities for the poorest farmers. It aimed to incorporate food and nutrition into the education system and strengthen the capacities of food security and nutrition institutions in diagnosis, development and implementation of policies and programs.

This project also demonstrates Canada’s dedication to climate change action in developing countries, by establishing information and early warning systems for natural disasters that can impact farmers at municipal levels.

Results/Expected Outcomes

Results achieved as of the end of the project include providing training to producers in the area on best practices and technologies to help sustainably recover and improve the local production system. Other key outcomes include the introduction of new family gardens with crops and fish to increase incomes sources among participating families, the improvement of food storage conditions, and the delivery of training in sustainable farming techniques and post-harvesting techniques. In addition, the project supported the strengthening of 830 savings and loans rural banks (CACs) through increased membership and access to credit. In terms of food and nutrition, outcomes included strengthening local institutions by training 618 personnel in hygiene, diet diversity, nutrition, and child growth monitoring.

Canada’s support helped 73 at-risk municipalities and 18,892 farmers in the Dry Corridor of Honduras, to establish food security surveillance and crops monitoring systems as part of its climate change smart agriculture strategy. In the event of severe climate changes, both local and national institutions continue monitoring the behaviour of the crops and basic grain reserves to generate timely information and warnings to respond to the information needs of small holder farmers.

Advisory Services: Sustainable Energy Finance in Honduras

Canada’s Total Contribution: $50,000

Targeted Countries: Honduras

Funding Period: 2010/2011

Project Funded through a Canadian Facility: IFC - Canada Climate Change Program (CCCP)

Delivery Partner(s):

Description

The IFC-Canada Climate Change Programme provided support to the Lebanese Leasing Company (LLC) to help finance the leasing of energy efficiency and renewable energy equipment, particularly for small and medium businesses. The IFC-Canada Climate Change Programme provided advisory services to support the Banco Atlantida, or Bancatlan for financing small-scale renewable-energy, energy-efficiency, and cleaner-production projects.

Results/Expected Outcomes

This project is expected to: (i) address climate change by reducing GHG emissions through the use of alternative energy sources and cleaner technologies; (ii) help transform the energy matrix and reduce dependency on volatile imported fuel prices and subsidies for costly thermal energy power sources; (iii) improved access to more reliable and less costly sources of energy; and, (iv) facilitate the transfer of modern production techniques to Honduras which may be followed by new entrants into the sector.

Biodiversity Restoration and Community Development

Canada’s Total Contribution: $240,000

Targeted Countries: Costa Rica Dominican Republic Honduras

Funding Period: 2009/2010, 2010/2011, 2011/2012

Delivery Partner(s):

Description

Canada provided support to this initiative which helps communities restore degraded forests while simultaneously addressing livelihood issues of local landowners in tropical areas with high levels of rural property.

Results/Expected Outcomes

Expected project activities include the training of professionals and community partners located in three model forests to apply analogue forestry techniques using traditional knowledge as a basis.

Promoting Sustainable Economic Growth in Coffee-growing Regions

Canada’s Total Contribution: $1,042,198

Targeted Countries: Guatemala Honduras

Funding Period: 2014/2015

Delivery Partner(s):

Description

This project aims to improve the lives of smallholder coffee farmers in the Trifinio region and other coffee growing regions of Guatemala and Honduras by increasing the productivity of their farms, improving the profitability of coffee production, and expanding exports to international markets. Key activities will promote sustainable agricultural practices, improve farm management, and enable smallholder coffee farmers to increase their yields. The project expects to reach 6,000 smallholder coffee farmers and benefit about 30,000 people, including farmers and their families.

This project demonstrates Canada’s dedication to climate change action in developing countries. Project activities will involve reducing poverty while promoting environmental sustainability, gender equality, and youth engagement.

Results/Expected Outcomes

Results achieved to date include the adoption of good agricultural and farm management practices by 57% of farmers (872 in total and 378 women) and the participation of 602 women in leadership groups/networks, in which 150 youth (44% female) developed a career plan. These results have contributed to improvements in coffee yields, increased women’s participation in decision-making within the family farming enterprise, and increased the ability for youth to take action toward their employability.

Working with non-governmental organizations in the region, the project provides technical assistance on good agricultural practices to coffee farmers, including assisting them to adapt to the effects of climate change. Key adaptation techniques promoted include increasing plant resistance, the use of cover crops to reduce soil temperature and erosion, and using drip irrigation and drone imagery for production monitoring. Thirty-three demonstration plots have been established to teach farmers about climate adaptation practices. At one of the project sites, 53% of coffee farmers are now using organic matter to increase the soil’s nutrient absorption capacity, thereby enhancing their climate resilience.

Sustainable Management of Forestry Resources in Honduras

Canada’s Total Contribution: $2,255,014

Targeted Countries: Honduras

Funding Period: 2013/2014, 2014/2015

Delivery Partner(s):

Description

This project aimed to significantly increase the income of rural families working in the forestry sector, by strengthening Honduran forestry co-operatives and establishing sustainable forestry practices. Key project activities involved the goal to train 27 groups and 19 co-operatives working in the forestry sector in administrative management, accounting, and strategic planning, as well as to deliver workshops on the production and marketing of value-added timber products. The project aimed to guide these groups and co-operatives through the process of obtaining Forest Stewardship Council certification and monitor the management practices of eight already certified community forests.

Results/Expected Outcomes

Results achieved up to the end of the project include an increase in protected community forests and 10 forestry cooperatives with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification, plus seven other cooperatives in process. Organization and sector governance was also improved, with 41 forestry advisory councils established under the 2007 forestry law created and supported, 18 cooperatives and 2 federations with enhanced accounting and organizational practices. In addition, a financial surplus was posted by 25 businesses on their financial statements.

In terms of climate change action, the 27 cooperatives participating in the project have developed their Forest Management Plans in accordance with standards established by the Government of Honduras and according to the principles and criteria of the Forest Stewardship Council certification, which assures the protection and sustainability of the forest and the communities. Reforestation activities have had a positive environmental effect on soil stability, integrity of the watersheds and their ecosystems. Environmental assessments for investment sub-projects were carried out under the terms of the Canadian Environmental Act (CEAA) and the applicable environmental legislation in Honduras, assuring climate adaptability and reduction of CO2 emissions. As a result, the participating cooperatives strengthened their skills in environmental management.

Invema Self-Supply Solar and Energy Efficiency Project

Canada’s Total Contribution: $3,500,000

Targeted Countries: Honduras

Funding Period: 2011/2012

Delivery Partner(s):

Description

The Canadian Climate Fund for the Private Sector in the Americas (C2F) at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) provided support to Inversiones Materiales (Invema), a recycling company in Honduras that cleans, processes, and exports a wide variety of recyclable materials. The project will generate zero-emission electricity for self-consumption through the installation of approximately 1 megawatt (MW) capacity photovoltaic (PV) solar panels on its rooftops. In addition, the project includes energy efficiency improvements through the replacement of old lighting and recycling equipment. Through these investments, Invema is climbing the recycled plastics value chain while demonstrating how companies can use self-supply clean energy to reduce costs and their own carbon footprint.

Results/Expected Outcomes

The expected intermediate outcomes of this project include the generation of 1,065 megawatt hour (MWh) each year of electricity from the rooftop solar panels, a renewable energy source. In addition, the project is expected to result in the abatement of an estimated 671 tons of CO2 per year.

Co-Financing/Mobilized Finance (CAD$): $10,500,000
Estimated GHG (metric tons of CO₂) Reduction Associated with Project (per year)Disclaimer *: 671

Smartsolar Rooftop Commercial Scale Solar PV Development

Canada’s Total Contribution: $1,000,000

Targeted Countries: Honduras

Funding Period: 2011/2012

Delivery Partner(s):

Description

The Canadian Climate Fund for the Private Sector in the Americas (C2F) at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) provided support for commercial solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop projects developed by Honduras’ first solar rooftop developer, Smartsolar. The proposed project will support solar PV sub-projects implemented by Smartsolar that will generate zero-emission electricity for self-consumption through PV solar panels mounted on the roofs of commercial buildings. In addition, the financial structure is highly innovative and replicable among other solar developers in the country and throughout the region.

Results/Expected Outcomes

The expected intermediate outcomes of this project include the installation of 1.9 megawatts (MW) per year of rooftop solar capacity, and 2,170 megawatt hours (MWh) per year of electricity from renewable energy sources. The project will also result in the abatement of an estimated 1,500 tons of CO2 each year.
Co-Financing/Mobilized Finance (CAD$): $3,800,000
Estimated GHG (metric tons of CO₂) Reduction Associated with Project (per year)Disclaimer *: 1,500

Advisory Services: Sustainable Energy Finance in Honduras

Canada’s Total Contribution: $52,200

Targeted Countries: Honduras

Funding Period: 2010/2011

Project Funded through a Canadian Facility: IFC - Canada Climate Change Program (CCCP)

Delivery Partner(s):

Description

The IFC-Canada Climate Change Program financed advisory services to support a local bank in Honduras to develop its capacity to identify, analyze, and finance small-scale renewable energy projects. Project activities include developing internal procedures for sustainable energy projects, including the implementation of an environmental and social framework for renewable energy projects, training the bank’s staff on sustainable energy finance, and establishing alliances with sustainable energy experts and consultants.

Results/Expected Outcomes

This project has been completed. The project supported the local bank in formalizing and establishing a project finance unit focused on renewable energy projects, including the development of policies and procedures which have been approved and operationalized. The project provided training sessions to help increase bank officers’ know-how on renewable energy.
Co-Financing/Mobilized Finance (CAD$): $47,800
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