¿Who would have thought that INDC, NAP, BUR, REDD+, PPCR, FIP, GCF are the perfect ingredients to make a soup? Some of you may not know what all these acronyms mean. Don’t, despair; we’ll get to that shortly.
Snail soups well known to Hondurans and most other residents of Central America not only because there’s a reference to it in a catchy, rhythmic “tip” song, but also because it is a typical tasty dish. The key to its preparation lies in the perfect blend of ingredients; the role of each is key to getting the famous taste prized by all catrachos
Finding the ingredients for the process of preparing for mitigation and adaptation to climate change is no different. Inputs such as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions,-INDC;, National Adaptation Plans,-NAP; Biennial Emission Reduction Reports,-BUR;Reducing Emissions from Deforestation Avoided -REDD +; the Green Climate Fund; GCF; and the Forest investment Program, FIP, are all planning, reporting or investment for mitigation and adaptation of which Honduras has availed itself. They need to be combined so that they become elements that allow the country to develop a good basis for mitigation and adaptation. The multilateral development banks (MDBs) —the IDB Group and the World Bank– are working on just this kind of mixing and matching in the design of the Pilot Program for Climate Resistance, PPCR.
What are the challenges in working together to fashion a PPCR project?
- The diversity of participating actors such as government institutions, civil society, the private sector, and international cooperation organizations;
- Coordinating a technically exacting and precise preparation process
- The involvement of key actors at the highest level of decision-making , from Ministries of Finance, Planning, Economy, Agriculture, and Energy;
- The participation of both public and private resources to scale transformational changes and the role of ministries in communicating the importance of the discussion beyond the environmental sector.
The MDBs that are participating in these processes also face a challenge within our institutions. Given organizational structures that disperse subject matter experts across multiple sectors and divisions, we need to act like soup-makers, creating synergies between units and converting resources for climate financing into projects that promote transformational processes.
Honduras is confronting serious climate challenges, making it one of the most vulnerable countries in the region. , As such, it provides a particularly important example for demonstrating that it is possible to address the climate agenda by new and better means, through a coordinated planning process featuring the public sector, private sector, civil society, with MDBs as facilitators of catalytic technical and financial resources supporting transformational processes. We’re hoping that our ingredients for tackling climate change amount to a recipe that produces results as good as snail soup!