Vulnerability and Resilience to Climate Change in Southern Honduras
USAID's African and Latin American Resilience to Climate Change (ARCC) project compiled these annexes as part of a study on southern Honduras’s vulnerability to climate change. It includes an assessment on how climate projections will affect the region’s livelihoods and ecosystems and identifies existing and potential adaptive responses.
The report states that the region’s watersheds are very vulnerable hydrologically, and climate change will only add more uncertainty. This impacts rural livelihoods, which are highly dependent on water supplies.
Although awareness of the challenges of a changing climate is widespread, the human, financial, and technical capacity to respond adequately is weak.
The study team recommends an integrated, ecosystem-based approach to climate change adaptation in southern Honduras. Options should link upper watershed and coastal zone ecosystems and communities because of the ecological and socioeconomic interconnections between them. Conservation of the watershed should link upstream and downstream beneficiaries. Development programs are also urged to work with the commercial agro-industrial sector to improve its ability to invest in improved land and water use.Find other country and regional climate risk management resources here.