Vulnerability and Resilience to Climate Change in Southern Honduras: Annexes
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.
The first two annexes are comprised of facilitation guides in Spanish that were used to conduct the study, including questions and an interview guide for communities.
Other annexes include agendas for workshops with key community members from upper watersheds and coastal areas; representative community profiles; interviews with representatives of the sugar and melon industries; a discussion on past climate and conservation work in the region; and a case study on watershed restoration by a sugar company.
The report notes that the region as a whole will likely experience warmer temperatures and less rain in the coming decades, causing a shift in natural vegetation. The most threatened ecosystem will be the cloud forest, which might disappear entirely.
Interviews with melon farmers reveal an interest in a payment for ecosystem service scheme to restore a key watershed in order to ensure enough water to grow their crops. Sugar industry representatives expressed a similar desire to participate in conservation initiatives.
Fishermen on the coast predict that these conditions will cause fish to move farther offshore as they seek cooler, less saline water.