Disaster Risk Reduction Programme 2013-2017

Project completed

Climate change will strongly affect Central America. DRR and CCA have become a public policy priority in Nicaragua and Honduras. The SDC DRR programme supports institutions at the regional, national and local level to strengthen response capacities and increase resilience. Capacities will be enhanced in local development planning, research, academic curricula, and community mobilization. Successful approaches will be consolidated, refined and scaled up.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Central America
Honduras
Nicaragua
Climate change and environment
Disaster risk reduction DRR
01.02.2013 - 31.08.2019
CHF 9'900'000
Background

Central America is prone to natural disasters. Climate Change (CC) will increase the risk of disasters. Honduras and Nicaragua rank in the first and third positions in the climate risk index 2013. Poverty and traditional farming practices that degrade soils increase the vulnerability of rural families. Regional and national DRR and CCA systems remain weak.

Objectives

Reduction of environmental vulnerability and strengthening the resilience of poor populations to the effects of climate change and other natural hazards.

Target groups

Poor rural families and their communities in the dry regions of Honduras and Nicaragua, the most vulnerable population group in the two coun-tries. The programme will strengthen the capacities and catalyze the efforts of key regional, national and local bodies to engage directly with this population.

Medium-term outcomes

People in situations of vulnerability have adapted their land, forest and water use practices to the effects of climate change in selected territo-ries. Public and private actors have managed resources for disaster risk reduction and climate change adap-tation in an effective manner.

Results

Results from previous phases:  

170,000 people benefited during 2008-2012 directly through: a) increased capacities and tools for integrating DRR into the development planning of 51 municipalities; b) strengthened response capacities in 350 communities; c) the incorporation of DRR and CCA into the curricula of 3 universities; d) the integration of DRR into the project cycle management of SDC’s WATSAN and Local Governance projects.


Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Humanitarian aid
Project partners Contract partner
International or foreign Non-Governmental Organization
  • Centro de Coordinación para la Prevención de los Desas-tres Naturales en América Central (CEPREDENAC), Co-misión Centroamericana de Ambiente y Desarrollo (CCAD) and Consejo Superior Universitario Centroameri-cano (CSUCA), at the regional level; Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua (UNAN), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras (UNAH), Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería (UNI) and other members of the inter-university networks in each country; National disaster prevention and climate change adaptation systems in Honduras and Nicaragua; Ministries of Education in Honduras and Nicaragua; United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); Civil society organizations such as Mesa Nacional de Gestión de Riesgo (MNGR) and Alianza Nicaragüense Ante el Cambio Climático (ANACC).


Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   9'900'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   9'526'958
Project phases

Phase 1 01.02.2013 - 31.08.2019   (Completed)