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CATIE will support Honduras in the construction of its National Decarbonization Plan 2020-2050
- CLIMA+ and CATIE recently signed a memorandum of understanding to work together to develop such a plan
November 6, 2020.Beginning in November, the Honduran Presidential Climate Change Office (CLIMA+) and CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) agreed, through a memorandum of understanding, to undertake various collaborative actions to develop the National Decarbonization Plan Honduras 2020-2050.
The agreement, which was signed by Muhammad Ibrahim, CATIE's director general, and Marlon Oniel Escoto, CLIMA+'s representative, reflects the parties' intention to participate in the development of such a plan in collaboration with other institutions, coordinating and delegating efforts that will lead to a transversal climate action plan involving the government, industries and sectors of Honduran society.
In addition, it is contemplated to develop a roadmap that defines objectives, goals, and timelines to achieve the decarbonization of relevant sectors of the Honduran economy by 2050; and to compile the scientific background needed to support the national plan.
Another feature highlighted in the memorandum is the intention to provide formal and informal training to technicians and project coordinators from government agencies on topics such as climate change, the importance of mitigation and adaptation, agriculture, climate-smart territories and the main strategies for decarbonization at the international and national levels.
"For CATIE, supporting Honduras in this process is extremely important because the country, even with its important environmental and developmental challenges, has a high potential to occupy a collaborative leadership position with the other countries in the region for the development and implementation of successful climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies," said Elias de Melo, CATIE's technical-scientific liaison for follow-up.
Researcher, de Melo, also highlighted the importance of Honduras having a national decarbonization plan, indicating that the productive sectors must be better prepared to face the great challenges that climate change imposes in order to achieve economic development and quality of life for the population. "In a more specific way, demonstrate to world markets their commitment to transforming production approaches in line with global agreements for global ecological restoration," emphasized de Melo.
Each of the activities to be carried out by the parties within the framework of this agreement must be integrated into a specific collaboration agreement. The newly signed memorandum will be valid for 24 months.
Elías de Melo
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