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Climate Change, Renewable Energy and Indigenous Peoples in Honduras

Lenca women in San Francisco de Opalaca
Photo: Aage Jørgensen

NDF grants EUR 3.5 million to help indigenous peoples and Afro-descendants in Honduras tackle climate change challenges

The overall objective is to increase the capacity of these peoples to respond to climate change, to secure civil society monitoring of obligations related to climate change and to provide renewable energy solutions to local communities. Honduras is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change in Central America. Rising temperatures and changes in rain patterns will likely worsen this situation with more intense weather conditions and natural disasters, such as hurricanes, floods and drought. Between seven and twelve percent of the population in Honduras consists of indigenous peoples and Afro-descendants. Furthermore, the Human Development Indicators for these groups are significantly lower compared to the rest of the population. These communities are highly dependent on local natural resources for their livelihood and are consequently very vulnerable to climate change. ”The traditional knowledge developed over generations is no longer sufficient to tackle the seasonal variations due to climate change. That is why there is a need for combining traditional knowledge with up-to-date information to develop methods and tools for these communities to adapt to climate change,” says NDF’s Country Program Manager Aage Jørgensen. The project will support climate change courses for community leaders, community adaptation activities, integration of climate change into curriculum and scholarships for indigenous students. The project will also provide support to civil society monitoring, information and advocacy regarding national climate change obligations and priorities. Another component will support renewable energy solutions to indigenous and Afro-descendant communities without electricity. The renewable energy will be both used to process and conserve agricultural products and for individual household lighting. The project will link up with the ongoing Indigenous Peoples Development Program financed by the International Development Bank (IDB). The total Project funding is EUR 12.35 million, of which NDF will grant EUR 3.5 million. The project period is four years starting January 2011.