View of Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Honduras: Cooperation in action Urban climate adaptation

Like its neighbours El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua, Honduras is very much at the mercy of extreme weather events. Climate change is increasing the frequency and the intensity of hurricanes, heavy rainfall, floods and droughts. High levels of poverty, the particular nature of the landscape and unchecked urbanisation mean that Honduras and its people are especially vulnerable to these natural hazards.

Germany is providing financial support to Honduras to help the country build more resilience against extreme weather events and thus reduce the risks posed by climate change. The programme is protecting some 150,000 slum dwellers in the capital Tegucigalpa (Distrito Central). These people are exposed particularly to earth slide and flood hazards.

The municipal government is implementing investments in climate adaptation and disaster preparedness in cooperation with civil protection bodies and the environment ministry. These measures include, for instance, rainwater drainage systems, retaining walls, reservoirs, drainage ditches and reforestation. With a view to further reducing the damage caused by extreme weather events, the programme also includes a component to support the expansion of the municipal early warning system and of the climate risk management efforts by the institutions involved and the people affected.

The programme takes an integrated risk management approach and thus contributes in parallel to sustainable urban development, poverty reduction and climate adaptation. The neighbouring country of El Salvador, which faces similar challenges, is implementing a further component of the programme for urban climate adaptation in Central America in its capital city.

As at: 14/10/2022