On 07.05.2022, DKKV was visited by a delegation of about 20 people from the project “Urban Resilience: Managing disaster risks for a Safe Central America” from Central America. The regional project is implemented by GIZ and funded by BMZ to improve disaster risk management (DRM) in metropolitan regions of the Central American Integration System (SICA) member countries with various stakeholders at the regional, national, and local levels. The aims is to address urban DRM in SICA member countries across sectors, establish a regional support framework for urban resilience, and improve the capacity of city governments to minimize climate risks.

In addition to a presentation of DKKV and the Bonn Network, we spoke with technical experts in DRM, sustainable urban development, and climate mitigation and adaptation institutions about the German population protection system and the 2021 flood disaster. The institutions involved were the Secretariat for the Social Integration of Central America (SISCA), the Ministries of Housing and Spatial Planning from El Salvador, Honduras, Panama and the Dominican Republic, the Planning Office of the Metropolitan Region of San Salvador (El Salvador), the Municipal Authorities of the Central District (Tegucigalpa-Comayaguela) in Honduras, as well as universities from El Salvador and Honduras.