Program for Communal Watershed Management of the Goascoran catchment in Honduras

August 15th, 2017By: Rain editor


The ‘dry corridor’, that covers most of Honduras’ southern region, is highly vulnerable to climate change. Small-scale farmer families of the region depend on the availability of natural resources. However, they are the ones mostly affected by prolonged dry spells and water scarcity. This leads to a progressive increase in both the severity and the number of families affected by food insecurity. Remedy for these areas often stagnates, due to Honduras’ weak institutional structure, an elevated poverty rate and a high-risk security situation. The Program for Communal Watershed Management of the Goascoran catchment (‘Programa de Gestion Comunitaria de Cuenca – PGCC’) seeks to alleviate this situation with adequate Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction measures and strengthening local governance structures for integrated catchment management.

Goals and results

The goal of the project is to empower communities to face more extreme weather conditions by improved resilience to climate change and better living conditions of the inhabitants of the Goascoran basin. This will be achieved through enhanced production capacities: introducing effective irrigation schemes, water harvesting techniques and better market access, for an institutionally backed sustainable use of natural resources.

RAIN is responsible for:

  • Initiating multi-stakeholder dialogue, including the institutional, social and cultural actors of the catchment, management committees and water boards (authorities) within the region.
  • Technical advice on 3R (water recharge, retention, reuse) and multiple use water schemes (MUS).
  • Knowledge management and communication and;
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of the project.