Honduras and CATIE plan to consolidate a partnership to face challenges of climate change
- The country seeks for the Institution as an ally in mitigation and adaptation to climate change in productive, agricultural, forestry and agroforestry issues
September 10, 2018, interested in knowing, exchanging, and establishing a strategic partnership, Marlon Escoto, presidential commissioner from the Honduran Government for Climate Change, visited the headquarters of CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) in Costa Rica, from September 2 to the 5th, accompany by Melvis Escoto, assistant of such commission.
This visit specifically looks to identify possible concrete actions of CATIE to support the Honduran government plans in issues related to productivity, agriculture, forestry and agroforestry
For this purpose, gathered together with Muhammad Ibrahim, general director of CATIE and Roberto Quiroz, director of the Global Partnerships and Resources Mobilization Office of the Institution, they learned about the three research programs of the institution and their action lines. During this space, the commissioner widely explained the context, aspirations and concept strategies of the Honduran Government in compliance with the Paris Agreement.
The visitors also gathered together with Mario Piedra, director of Education of CATIE, as well as all the Honduran students currently enrolled in the academic programs of the institution.
Additionally they visited the International Collection of Coco, where they showed them the work that Institution does in the genetic improvement referring the crop and the agroforestry systems and management with cocoa
The international collection of Coffee was another place that they visited, there they learned about the work at the Forestry Seeds Bank and had a field trip by the commercial farm of the institution to learn about the job that they develop in the lower emissions sustainable livestock issue.
Eduardo Somarriba, leader of the Agriculture, Livestock and Agroforestry Program (PRAGA, its Spanish acronym) of CATIE and his research team were in charge of attending and accompanying the members of the commission during their visit.
"We have seen many interesting things. We see lots of possibilities of working together and we are interested in generating an agreement that allows us to count on the support of CATIE to develop proposals that the country has,” indicated Escoto. He also pointed that Honduras needs to take to a higher level the academic level of all its technical personnel and that the Postgraduate School of CATIE could play an important role achieving this goal.
Escoto also recognized the need to count on a knowledge management platform, required so all the experts can formulate NAMA from a selected list of productive rubrics with an adequate deep level in the estimation of emissions and removals. At the same time, he emphasized on the interest of the Honduran government for influencing in the coffee productive chains, cocoa, the palm and livestock.
In this sense, Ibrahim said that the institution is willing and interested in strengthening its cooperation with Honduras, working under the context of the objectives that the country has traced, that is to say, according to the Production and Climate Change National Policies and the 20/20 Paris Agenda.
Somarriba detailed that after the visit they agreed that the specialists of CATIE formulate (in a participative way and with all the involved experts) a concept proposal to restore the productive cover in Honduras.
In addition, they established a course of action and cooperation among the Institution and the Commissioner Office to create a cooperation agreement, which they will sign in the next days.
The commissioner’s office is responsible for the inter-institutional coordination to facilitate the implementation of the national water plan, lands and forests and their derivatives in the strategic plans of the state institutions of the sector. The office also supports the formulation of projects and contributes to the national and international financial orientation.
Agriculture, Livestock and Agroforestry
Karla Salazar Leiva
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