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HFA National Reports

National Report 2007: Unreported

National Report 2006: Unreported

National Report 2005: Unreported

National Report 2004: Unreported

National Report 2003: HONDURAS REPORT 2003(SPANISH)

National Platform:

No Platform Reported

HFA National Focal Point:

Comisión Permanente de Contingencias (COPECO)

Address: Village of the Ocotal, 300 meters in front of the hospital Military Street that leads to matthew.

Website: COPECO

Contact Person:

Lic. Marco Tulio Burgos - Director / Comisionado Nacional

Tel: (504) 229-0606; Fax: (504) 229-0616


Secretary to Mr. Burgos: Doris Andrades

Ext. 103

Alternative Contact(s):

Ing. Roberto Dimas Alonzo:

E-mail: alonzoaguadesastres@yahoo.com

Other Contacts

Permanent Mission of the Republic of Honduras to the United Nations in Geneva


His Excellency Mr. J. Delmer Urbizo


Permanent Representative

Address: Chemin de Taverney 13, 1218 Grand-Saconnex

Tel: +(41-22) 710-0760, Fax: +(41-22) 710-0766

E-mail: mission.honduras@ties.itu.int

UN System Coordination

UNDG: UNCT Honduras

UN Resident Coordinator

Mrs Rebeca Arias

E-mail: rebeca.arias@undp.org


Ms. Kim Bolduc, Resident Representative, Res Coordinator, UNDP

House of the United Nations, Colonia Palmira, PO Box 976, Tegucigalpa

Tel: 00(504)220-1100, Fax: 00(504) 239-8010

E-mail: registry.hn@undp.org

URL: http://www.undp.un.hn

Secretaria de Recursos Naturales y Ambiente

(Secretary of Natural Resources and Environment)

Address: 100 meters south of the National Stadium, Tegucigalpa, Honduras, CA

Tel: (504) 232-2011, 239-4298, Fax (504) 232-6250 PO Box. 1389 4710.

E-mail: webmaster@serna.gob.hn


Country profile:

Official Name: Conventional long form: Republic of Honduras. Local long form: Republic of Honduras. Local short form: Honduras.
Capital: Tegucigalpa. Independence day: 15 September 1821 (from Spain)
Area Total: 112,090 sq km (land: 111,890 sq km and water: 200 sq km).
Population density: 7,483,763. note: estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality and death rates, lower population and growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected (July 2007 est.)
Ethnic Groups: Mestizo (mixed Amerindian and European) 90%, Amerindian 7%, black 2%, white 1%.
Religion: Roman Catholic 97%, Protestant 3%.
Official Language: Spanish, Amerindian dialects.
Government: Democratic constitutional republic.
Currency: Lempira (HNL)
Climate: Subtropical in lowlands, temperate in mountains.

Honduras is in Central America, bordering the Caribbean Sea, between Guatemala and Nicaragua and bordering the Gulf of Fonseca (North Pacific Ocean), between El Salvador and Nicaragua.

Administrative Divisions: 18 departments: 1. Atlantida,

2. Choluteca,

3. Colon,

4. Comayagua,

5. Copan,

6. Cortes,

7. El Paraiso,

8. Francisco Morazan,

9. Gracias a Dios,

10. Intibuca,

11. Islas de la Bahia,

12. La Paz,

13. Lempira,

14. Ocotepeque,

15. Olancho,

16. Santa Barbara,

17. Valle,

18. Yoro

Once part of Spain's vast empire in the New World, Honduras became an independent nation in 1821. After two and a half decades of mostly military rule, a freely elected civilian government came to power in 1982. During the 1980s, Honduras proved a haven for anti-Sandinista contras fighting the Marxist Nicaraguan Government and an ally to Salvadoran Government forces fighting leftist guerrillas. The country was devastated by Hurricane Mitch in 1998, which killed about 5,600 people and caused approximately $2 billion in damage.

Position in the HDI: 116°

International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled on the delimitation of "bolsones" (disputed areas) along the El Salvador-Honduras border in 1992 with final settlement by the parties in 2006 after an Organization of American States (OAS) survey and a further ICJ ruling in 2003; the 1992 ICJ ruling advised a tripartite resolution to a maritime boundary in the Gulf of Fonseca with consideration of Honduran access to the Pacific; El Salvador continues to claim tiny Conejo Island, not mentioned in the ICJ ruling, off Honduras in the Gulf of Fonseca; Honduras claims the Belizean-administered Sapodilla Cays off the coast of Belize in its constitution, but agreed to a joint ecological park around the cays should Guatemala consent to a maritime corridor in the Caribbean under the OAS-sponsored 2002 Belize-Guatemala Differendum; memorials and countermemorials were filed by the parties in Nicaragua's 1999 and 2001 proceedings against Honduras and Colombia at the ICJ over the maritime boundary and territorial claims in the western Caribbean Sea - final public hearings are scheduled for 2007.

Natural Hazards:

Frequent, but generally mild, earthquakes; extremely susceptible to damaging hurricanes and floods along the Caribbean coast.

Source: ISDR/CIAFactbook

Other Initiatives:

Project NLM / CRID

Honduras and other Central American countries have suffered greatly derived from the natural disasters that afflict the region, such as Hurricane Mitch, the 1976 earthquake, floods, landslides, etc.. Faced with such phenomena is needed to prevent the population to reduce the damage caused by disasters. The information is a vital component for the prevention and reduction of risk to disasters. Therefore the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the University of San Carlos of Guatemala with the aim of joining the national efforts of prevention and mitigation of natural disasters and with the support of the National Library of Medicine in the United States (NLM), the Pan American Health Organization and the Regional Centre for Disaster Information in Latin America and the Caribbean (CRID) who in turn its efforts aimed at promoting a culture of prevention, created the Center for Disaster Information of Guatemala; promoting access to accurate information on the subject, reference databases and full text via the Internet.

Currently, the Department of Humanitarian Assistance of the European Union (ECHO) joined support organizations and was formed CANDHI (by its initials in Spanish) Central American Network Disaster Information which seeks to establish and strengthen the regional network of centres Information on disasters in El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Costa Rica and Guatemala, the project also aims to strengthen national capacities in the collection, organization, and dissemination of technical information, educational and scientific disaster in Central America.


-Collect, systematize and disseminate information nationally and internationally to support programmes aimed at monitoring, training and refresher on the subject of risk management in disasters.

-Providing information resources nationally and internationally to design and implement an operational plan for emergency disasters that sobrevienen unexpectedly.

-Maintaining a routine contact with national and Central American specializing in disasters, to communicate and to exchange updated information on that subject.

-Encourage the inclusion of curricular content on disasters in the thinking of studies in the area of health, to promote the culture of disaster prevention.

Schools participating in the project NLM / CRID / PAHO-WHO:

HONDURAS Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH), National Library of MedicineCIDBIMENA Regional University Center North, Central Disaster Documentation CIDCURN.

El Salvador Documentation and Information Center on Health of the Pan American Health Organization, an El Salvador. PAHO Disaster Protection Center CEPRODE. University of El Salvador, Library "Dr. Luis Edmundo Vasquez".

Nicaragua National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN), Research Center for the Study of Health. National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN), Information Center Disaster.

Guatemala University of San Carlos, Library of the Faculty of Medicine.

Climate change

Progress towards the implementation of the HFA

HFA P1 - Institutional and legal framework

HFA P2 - Risk identification and EWS:

HFA P3 - Knowledge and education:

HFA P4 - Risk applications:

HFA P5 - Preparedness and response:

Others Documents:

Honduras: communitites learn hazard mapping for resilience

Source: Comite de Emergencia Garifuna; Grassroots Organizations Operating Together in Sisterhood (GROOTS)

Date: 10 October 2008

Vulnerability of the Aguan Watershed; 2007

GEO Honduras; 2005 - source: SERNA

Proyecto Manejo de Riesgos; 2007 - 2008


Web Links:



MDG Profile: Honduras

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