Based on the proposed lines of action from the 2016 regional summit in Honduras, and as requested by the finance minister of said country, in coordination with Secretary of Finance (SEFIN) General Directorate for Public Investment and the Mexico Subregional Headquarters of ECLAC, this course was held as a means to increase the robustness of projects, the resilience of both institutions and possibly affected populations, and to improve the environmental impact assessment that guarantees their sustainability, it also went over the application and use of international funding available to developing countries that are threatened by extreme events and vulnerable to volatility and climate change.
- Apply the concepts of comprehensive risk management in disasters, particularly climate-related ones, as well as the criteria for environmental sustainability and sustainable adaptation, including in public investment projects (PIP).
- Identify, comprehend, and propose the criteria and requirements used by financing mechanisms, such as those related to the UNFCCC, to strengthen the methodology used in the shaping, evaluation, and strengthening of low emissions PIPs as part of the 2014-2018 Strategic Governmental Plan objectives
- Adopt the principles and concepts required by international financing mechanisms as well as national budgetary requirements to prepare proposals to strengthen three national investment projects involving comprehensive risk management in climate-related disasters and environmental sustainability.
Technical officers from national institutions – secretariats, municipalities, and decentralized institutions – Actively and directly responsible for the shaping and assessment of PIPs following the SEFIN handbooks and manuals regarding the incorporation of economic risk valuation for natural disasters, particularly those that are climate-related, climate scenarios, impact assessment, and environmental sustainability.
Conclusions and Recommendations
- The national course on public investment, comprehensive risk management, climate change, environmental sustainability, and climate financing mechanisms was held in Honduras from August 8th through 12th 2016 and was attended by technical officers from the Municipality of Tegucigalpa, the Municipality of Tela, SEFIN, MiAmbiente, the Secretary of Infrastructure and Public Services (INSEP), the Secretary of Agriculture and Livestock, among others.
- The coordination and implementation of work from the Tegucigalpa, Tela, and INSEP teams on selected PIPs including the concepts and principles related to risk management, climate change, and environmental sustainability were carried out. The instruction team carried out the monitoring and assessment of project presentations on the landfill in the Municipality of Tegucigalpa, water and sanitation in the Municipality of Tela, and the INSEP road project, developing a set of recommendations specific to the PIPs that were analyzed and developed throughout the course.
- The diverse options for international financing mechanisms, as well as the criteria and types of mitigation and adaptation projects and programs used and accepted by the Green Climate Fund were made known.