Access to water is still limited in many areas of Honduras, with degraded watersheds affected by deforestation and pollution of both surface and ground water. Climate scenarios indicate that existing water scarcity will be exacerbated by climate change and increasing variability. The main urban areas (Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula) and several agricultural areas (Patuca basin) will face increased water scarcity in the near future.

Objectives: The goal of the project is to increase resilience to climate change and water-related risks in the most vulnerable population in Honduras through pilot activities and an overarching intervention to mainstream climate change considerations into water sector policies. The project aims, for example, to integrate climate change risks and opportunities into the country’s new water law and the new National Plan Law. Other goals include the strengthening of a national meteorological network; improving information on the scientific, technical, and socioeconomic aspects on impacts of climate change, vulnerability and adaptation; and increasing the availability of climate risk assessment tools and information to relevant institutions. In order to safeguard the water supplies of Tegucigalpa City and surrounding areas, the project will work to strengthen sustainable land use practices piloted in the highland watersheds and green belt around Tegucigalpa and instituting financial mechanisms that assist in managing water supply and demand. Training decision makers and resource users to better understand the projected impacts of climate change and providing them with the knowledge to identify effective options for reducing climatic risks and vulnerability is also an important facet of the project.AdaptationStory-Honduras 09.2014

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Project Component 1: Relevant institutional structures including the National Water Authority, strengthened for mainstreaming climate change risks into water resources management as well as into national planning, public investment-budgeting and decision-making processes USD 1,358,500
Project Component 2: Comprehensive measures piloted to safeguard Tecucigalpa City and environs’ water supplies in response to existing and projected water scarcity and to the vulnerability to extreme climate USD 2,950,000
Project Component 3: Targeted capacity building and outreach enable stakeholders at all levels to effectively respond to long-term climate change impacts USD 310,000
Project execution cost (including M&E) USD 561,500
Total project cost (execution included) USD 5,180,000
UNDP management fee USD 440,300
Grant Amount  USD 5,620,300