As countries are negotiating the rules for the implementation of the Paris Agreement, the eight Member States of the Central American Integration System (SICA) agreed on a joint Regional Action Plan on Climate Change Education, Training and Awareness Raising. The Plan that covers the period 2017-2022 was approved by the Central American Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD) in October 2017. The Regional Plan is the first of its kind, setting out ambitious action to build human capacity to adapt to climate change risks and take advantage of investment opportunities.
The Plan is the product of a consultative process that started in 2015 with support by UN CC:Learn. It aims at using synergies and sharing knowledge, good practices and learning materials, and establishing cooperation processes among countries in the region. It builds directly on the Regional Strategy for Climate Change (RSCC) of 2010. While the development of the Plan was initiated by Environment Ministers, over time Education Ministries from all eight SICA countries joined the process and provided substantive contributions to the final content of the Plan. As a next step, countries in the region will collectively focus their efforts on mobilizing financial resources for the development and implementation of national and regional activities.