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 UN-REDD Programme partner countries continue to take advantage of the Programme’s flagship capacity building initiative, the REDD+ Academy. In Honduras this effort has increased and reinforced the capacities of over 400 stakeholders involved in forestry management in various sectors at the national level in order to increase informed participation in the creation of the country’s REDD+ strategy.  

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In Honduras, the REDD+ Academy has been implemented as a comprehensive long-term capacity building plan on climate change and REDD+. This plan targets a multi-actor and multi-sectorial audience at the national level, and includes several steps in a process for the construction of the national REDD+ strategy. The commitment of the local counterpart – the Secretariat of Energy, Natural Resources, Environment and Mining (Mi Ambiente) –  has been fundamental in providing the political, financial and logistical support needed to undertake this ambitious initiative at a national level.

The first phase of this plan aims at developing capacities of actors from the public sector, civil society and indigenous peoples on topics related to climate change, REDD+ in the framework of the UNFCCC, and the four pillars of the Warsaw Framework for REDD+. Throughout the first half of 2016, Training of Trainers (ToT) sessions have been conducted at the national level with selected partners from each of the above-mentioned sectors. The training has subsequently been replicated at the regional level through several workshops covering key actors involved in REDD+ across the country.

Until August 2016, as a result of Honduras’ REDD+ Academy, the capacities of 483 people (of which 141, or 29%, were women) have been strengthened on issues related to climate change and REDD+, by way of the following sectoral plans, and resulted in the figures provided in the table below: 

Public sector:

The Honduras REDD+ Academy kicked off through with two ToT events in February - March 2016, training technical staff from Mi Ambiente and the Forestry Conservation Institute (ICF). The capacity building process continued at the regional level, seeing previously trained participants acting as trainers, with technical and logistical support from the UN-REDD Programme.

A series of 11 REDD+ Academy workshops have been carried out so far, training 273 participants (of which 84 were women) and improving capacities of representatives of environmental authorities in 18 provinces and 298 municipalities of Honduras, including environmental units, women officers and peace officers, all involved in environmental decision-making processes at the municipal level.

Civil society, academia and private sector:

In April 2016, two ToT events were conducted and facilitated by the Honduras UN-REDD Programme team in collaboration with three local partners: the environmental NGOs REMBLAH, Fundación Vida and Agenda Forestal Hondureña. The newly qualified trainers then undertook subsequent REDD+ Academy sessions with participants from various sectors, including agroforestry organizations, academia, small and medium size forest owners, and co-administrators of protected areas and private natural reserves across the country.

Sector

# of workshops

Total participants

Men

Women

Public

11                                       

273

189

84

Academia and private sector

4

68

46

22

Civil society

2

45

36

9

Agroforestry organizations

5

97

71

26

All

22

483

342

141

 

Indigenous peoples (IPs):

The UN-REDD Programme team agreed with MiAmbiente that the capacity building efforts with indigenous peoples will be done in partnership with the Confederation of Indigenous Peoples of Honduras (CONPAH). As an important next step in Honduras’ National REDD+ Academy, it is expected that the first workshops with IPs will be taking place in 2016 with the Lenca people, with subsequent events with other indigenous groups according to their cultural context, interest and language.

Key results and Lessons

  • The REDD+ Academy has effectively reinforced the capacities of stakeholders involved in forestry management in various sectors at the national level in Honduras, so that they can benefit from informed participation in the creation of the country’s REDD+ strategy.
  • One of the main results of Honduras’ National REDD+ Academy has been that it has served as a platform not only for capacity building, but also for engagement and participation to the development of the national REDD+ strategy, providing key inputs on issues such as drivers of deforestation, as well as initial proposals of REDD+ policies and measures (PAMs).
  • Moreover, the REDD+ Academy has been instrumental in creating synergies between REDD+ and other national policies related to restoration, conservation and sustainable landscape management.
  • The series of events has also been a key scenario to learn and share good practices on conservation, reforestation and forestry management, and to exchange experiences from local projects in these areas from several sectors and regions.
  • Honduras’ National REDD+ Academy has been key in identifying better engagement mechanisms with the various stakeholders and creating dialogue among conflicting sectors on issues of common interest of the national environmental agenda. It has also represented an opportunity to create networks among various sectors regardless of ongoing conflicts in the social and environmental fronts.
  • The series of REDD+ Academy events has contributed to building a critical mass of trainers specialized in climate change and REDD+ in Honduras, both at the institutional level and with civil society partners. 
  • The commitment of the Government and the involvement of several partners have made possible the undertaking of such a vast endeavor at the national level.
  • The ToT methodology has been instrumental in reaching a significantly wide audience in several sectors and regions throughout the country.
  • Designating a core team from the UN-REDD Project Management Unit to lead, coordinate and accompany the process has also proved essential to ensure consistency, follow up and systematization of the whole process.
  • Such national efforts require a significant amount of human and financial resources, which in the case of Honduras was made possible by joining forces between the UN-REDD Programme and Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) national programmes – under the leadership of Mi Ambiente – to coordinate common capacity building initiatives under Honduras’ National REDD+ Academy. 

Next steps

As the country advances through the roadmap for the creation of its national REDD+ strategy, a second cycle of capacity building, participation and engagement with the different sectors is expected during 2017 to further discuss PAMs proposals, deepen the discussion on REDD+ safeguards and financial aspects linked to the national REDD+ strategy.


 

 

For more information on the REDD+ Academy, please contact:

At global level: Mihaela Secreiru, REDD+ Academy Coordinator, UN-REDD Progamme. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

LAC Region: Patricia Toquica, Knowledge Management Specialist, UN-REDD Programme. LAC Region. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Honduras: Erika Ramirez, Communications Coordinator, Honduras UN-REDD Progamme - Mi Ambiente. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">


 

By: Patricia Toquica, UN-REDD Programme Knowledge Management Specialist, LAC Region. 

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