Country Area : 112,492 km2

Forested Area (1000 ha) : 4,592

UN-REDD Programme Partner Country : Yes

Type of UN-REDD Programme Support Received : National Programme, Targeted support, Support to country needs assessment (CNA)

FCPF Member : Yes

Active FCPF Grant Holder: Yes

Readiness Grant Holder: Yes

Carbon Fund: No

Progress against the Warsaw Framework for REDD+

Startup targeted support was provided to Honduras on its legal framework for REDD+ and the facilitation of stakeholder involvement for the country’s REDD+ readiness preparation proposal. Honduras also participated in the regional needs assessment in Mesoamerica.

National REDD+ Strategy/Action Plan
With support from the NP and the FCPF, Honduras has developed a roadmap outlining the development of the National REDD+ Strategy and outlined the stakeholder engagement process. Additional achievements on participation include 1) the consolidation of two platforms for discussion and validation of strategic REDD+ options, the Indigenous and Afro-Honduran Committee on Climate Change (MIACC) and REDD+, which is part of the Interagency Technical Committee on Climate Change Subcommittee; and 2) a roadmap outlining the creation of the financial REDD+ mechanism including an institutional analysis of the current gaps and weaknesses Prior to the NP, the country received targeted support for its legal framework for REDD+ and facilitation of stakeholder involvement for updating the country’s REDD+ readiness preparation proposal. (See also NFMS below).

An analysis of the legal framework was completed, based on a comparative analysis of the REDD+ legislation of Costa Rica, Peru and Mexico, and a cross-sectoral legal gap analysis was concluded with emphasis on the forest, protected areas and wildlife law, agrarian law reform, payments for environmental
services, and tenure. In addition, existing national-level grievance mechanisms were assessed.

National Forest Monitoring System (NFMS)
With funding from the FCPF and UN-REDD Programme, Honduras, through the technical areas of the Forest Conservation Institute (ICF) and the Ministry of Energy, Natural Resources, Environment and Mines (MiAmbiente), has progressed in the definition of methodological guidelines and protocols required to develop the forest emission factors as well as outlined a plan for its construction, including. Additionally, in collaboration with the United States Forestry Service, the country has updated a cost – effective design for the National Forest Inventory to undertake the third cycle in a way that guarantee consistency with the data recollected in previous cycles. In operationalizing the country’s remote sensing capacities, current methodologies for estimating the accuracy of land cover change maps were reviewed and a road map improved it was agreed. Finally, an analysis of the institutional and legal framework was done and a series of recommendations were proposed seeking the regulation of the NFMS during the implementation of the NP as part of the sustainability strategy for the NFMS.

Forest Reference Emission Level / Forest Reference Level (FREL/FRL)
During the reporting period, Honduras received financial support from the FCPF and technical support from the NP for completion of a roadmap detailing the construction of the FREL/FRL. A definition of forests in Honduras was drafted, which will be discussed with the Forest Monitoring Group in 2016. Honduras also received capacity building support on FREL/FRL to provide practical UNFCCC guidance and examples that will enable Honduras to advance in the construction of their FREL/FRL and submit the FREL/FRL proposal to the UNFCCC. Lastly, with financial support from the FCPF, methodological guidelines and protocols were developed for the creation of land cover change maps and emission factors.

Safeguards and Safeguards Information System (SIS)
During 2015, the NP did not conduct activities related to the development of the SIS; however, with funds from the FCPF, Honduras has drafted a roadmap outlining the process for defining the country approach to safeguards and the SIS. Additionally, national capacities have been strengthened on safeguards for key players including indigenous people’s groups, forest dependent communities and government institutions.

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REDD Programme Officer, UNEP/DEPI
Regional Technical Advisor, Food and Agriculture Organizaton of the United Nations (FAO)
Regional Technical Advisor, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) (PNUD)

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Total Approved Targeted Support Amount (US$) 70,000
#   Timeline   Financial Information   Work Area (SNA Outcome)
Date of Request 21.08.2013
Date of Approval 18.09.2013
Implementation Period (Months) 4
Status Completed
Amount Requested US$ 25,000
Amount Approved US$ 25,000
UN Agency Providing Support


Lead National Institution: Forest Conservation Institute (ICF).



  1. Legal framework established within the Forest Law on Protected Areas and Wildlife context where the REDD+ project implementation policy and other trade-off mechanisms can be defined
  2. Capacity built on International law.
  3. REDD+ Sub-Committee established.


#   Timeline   Financial Information   Work Area (SNA Outcome)
Date of Request 17.10.2013
Date of Approval 05.12.2013
Implementation Period (Months) 6
Status Completed
Amount Requested US$ 45,000
Amount Approved US$ 45,000
UN Agency Providing Support
Stakeholder Engagement


Lead National Institution: Ministryof Natural Resources and Environment (SERNA)


  1. A review undertaken of viability of existing grievance mechanisms for use in REDD activities, with recommendations for provisional grievance and compensation mechanisms required for the implementation of R-PP.

  2. Capacity necessary to initiate the process of developing a grievance mechanism built for proper implementation of REDD

 3. Capacity built on GRM.  

#   Timeline   Financial Information   Work Area (SNA Outcome)
Date of Request 10.02.2015
Date of Approval 15.04.2015
Implementation Period (Months) 1
Amount Requested US$ 0
Amount Approved US$ 0
UN Agency Providing Support


Lead National Institution: 


The objective of the support is to keep strengthening the synergies between EU FAO FLEGT programme initiatives and those related to the UN-REDD Programme, as well as ensure that stakeholders and key institutions integrate their efforts and reinforce links between their
regular activities. In addition, the objective is to identify capacity needs, in particular among institutions, and ensure that targeted training is provided. The request was REJECTED. The country has a recently approved NP.