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Honduras Pilot and Demonstration Action Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) and a Low-emission Zone in Comayagua In the context of the cooperation agreement between the Municipality of Comayagua (Honduras) and the Andalusian Agency for International Development Cooperation (AACID for its Spanish Acronym), Ciudad Emergente, a Chilean NGO, has been commissioned to develop the first phase of the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) of the city. The SUMP, based on a detailed analysis of the current stand of mobility, will propose a series of measures to be implemented in the Historic Centre of Comayagua in order to promote the use of public and non-motorised transport (NMT), as well as to reduce car dependency in the area. One of them was the implementation of a pilot Zone 30 using the tools of tactical urbanism with the goal of replicating it later in several areas of the city. With the aim of assisting in the elaboration of the SUMP, Urban Pathways established an advisory board that has been following up the process and providing the necessary technical assistance. Mobility experts from the Wuppertal Institute have been meeting Ciudad Emergente’s team virtually in the different stages of the SUMP construction process. More- over, the UP team supported Ciudad Emergente in the elaboration and submission of a proposal for the implementation of the SUMP in Comayagua that includes: 1) Low-emission Zone (LEZ), 2) bike sharing system, 3) BRT to connect the city centre to the new airport, among others. The proposal was selected by the Transformative Action Programme (TAP) of ICLEI to develop the project further and identify possible financing sources.
SUMP elaboration and pilot interventions: 200,000 EUR (funded by AACID)
SUMP implementation: 1 million EUR (submitted and approved by TAP - ICLEI)
Outlook: Planned and/or Possible Future Action Democratising disaster risk management and ecosystem-based adaptation Honduras ranks very high – 33 out of 180 countries - in the World Risk Index. As for most cities in Honduras, the cities of Tegucigalpa and Comayagua face a series of events such as flooding, strong rains, pollution, collapse of infrastruc- ture, which are increasingly stronger as a result of climate change effects. In addition, the population living in these cities present high levels of population vulnerability, as stated in the National Adaptation Plan (PNA) established in 2018. Despite the exposure to these hazards, it is estimated that, out of the 60 cities with more than 10,000 inhabitants in the country, only as few as 10 have a somewhat operational disaster risk management (DRM) plan in place. The limited local capacity to implement these plans is also recognised in the PNA in its situational assessment, which states that only 5 cities have a local risk management unit. In recognition of the urgency of the matter, in 2019, the national government issued a directive urging that cities to develop and implement their DRM plans – and those that fail to do so might face restrictions in accessing funds made available for DRM purposes. This project, developed by the University Observatory for Spatial Planning (OUOT by its Spanish acronym) in partnership with ClUrb, aims at building the capacity of city officials and communities in applying innovative institutional and low- cost technology-based approaches in order to be better prepared for, respond to and recover from disasters, with the speed and scale that the subject requires. UP will support the project by providing capacity building and technical assis- tance in the implementation of nature-based solutions to respond to these challenges.