Central America – Outcome Report

Nansen Initiative

The overall objective of the Central American Consultation was to identify specific challenges facing the Central American region related to cross-border displacement and disasters caused by natural hazards, and to develop concrete, practical, policy and programmatic outcomes in response to these challenges. The consultation brought together more than 100 representatives from seven Central American countries (Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama), countries beyond the region (Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Norway, Switzerland, and the United States), international organizations, international experts, NGOs, civil society and faith-based organizations. Conclusions from the consultation took the form of an outcome document, which was presented to the Government of Costa Rica by a drafting committee, comprised of delegates from each State as well as representatives from civil society and academia, on the last day of the Consultation. The outcome document contains conclusions and recommendations that require action within five technical areas (Chapter II.2). A summary of the panel discussion can be found in Chapter II.3. Participants at the workshop expressed their commitment to bringing the outcomes of the Regional Consultation to a political level in order to enhance national, regional and international efforts to address the needs and challenges associated with cross-border displacement in the context of natural hazards, as well as the effects of climate change.