Community-driven watershed management for climate change adaptation

Proyecto terminado

The "Dry Corridor" of Honduras has a “climate risk index” rating that is among the world’s highest. The population suffers from repeated drought and other extreme meteorological events. Rural families depend on natural resources and are the most affected. One critically important adaptation to climate change is integral water management. Using a community-driven approach, through dialogue and territorial governance mechanisms, the program will improve the resilience of the poor in the trans-border watershed of the Goascorán River.

Región/País Tema Período Presupuesto
Cambio climático y medio ambiente
Environmental policy
Reducción de riesgos de catástrofes
Preservación de los recursos hídricos
01.12.2013 - 31.12.2018
CHF  8’000’000

On the mountain slopes in the upper Goascorán watershed increasingly frequent extremes of drought and intense rainfall erode soils that have lost adequate forest and other vegetable cover, reducing water retention and endangering the poor rural population.


To improve the livelihoods and resilience of the population most vulnerable to climate change by increasing the capacity of farm and community organizations as well as public and private institutions to undertake integral management of prioritized micro-watersheds in the Goascorán watershed.

Grupos destinarios
  • 75,000 persons in 15,000 families in the 16 municipalities involved in the watershed management.
  • Five thousand agricultural producers, women, youth and indigenous people who benefit from technologies, works and collective action undertaken for environmental restoration and reduction of vulnerability to natural disasters.
  • Urban populations, businesses, civil organizations, NGOs, municipal associations, and other institutions that operate in the watershed and benefit from improved water supply stability.


Efectos a medio plazo

Outcome 1: Farm families have adopted CCA and DRR technologies that improve the livelihoods of the poor rural population in the micro-watersheds of the Goascorán River.

Outcome 2: Institutions engaged in micro-watershed management in the Goascorán River watershed adopt and implement plans and regulations that facilitate and support community-level private investments and technological changes for CCA-DRR.



Resultados previstos:  

  1. Reduced agricultural and livelihood losses.
  2. Reduced water scarcity.
  3. Greater response capacity (resilience) in the face of natural disaster damages.
  4. More stable incomes and better living conditions for the population in vulnerable rural communities.
  5. Enhanced capacity to plan, coordinate, and carry out or support CCA and DRR activities at the community, municipal, inter-municipal and national levels.


Dirección / Officina Federal responsable COSUDE
Crédito Cooperación al desarrollo
Contrapartes del proyecto Contraparte del contrato
Sector privado
  • Sector privado extranjero Sur/Este

Otras contrapartes
  • Municipal Associations of the Watershed
  • NGOs and Private Service Providers in the Region


Coordinación con otros proyectos y actores
  • Environmental Program for Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change – PNUD
  • Canadian Cooperation Programs
  • BRIDGE Project (SDC)
  • Dry Corridor Alliance
  • FAO
  • CRS
Presupuesto Fase en curso Presupuesto suizo CHF    8’000’000 Presupuesto actual suizo ya emitido CHF    7’996’503
Fases del proyecto Fase 2 01.04.2019 - 31.08.2024   (Fase en curso)

Fase 1 01.12.2013 - 31.12.2018   (Completed)