Christa Castro Varela was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
She was the first woman to be appointed Executive Secretary of the Central American Commission for Environment and Development of the Central American Integration System (CCAD-SICA). There, she led the participatory process of building the Regional Environmental Strategy (ERAM) as the region’s work program to achieve the SDGs, and ensured collaboration and financial resources for its implementation. It also strengthened institutional capacity and relationships between the Secretariat and key stakeholders for the development of regional sustainable development projects.
As Honduras’ first Special Envoy on Climate Change, she was responsible for UNFCCC processes and the development of strategic initiatives to address climate change: the Honduras Water, Forest and Soil Master Plan and the first green investment by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) of $79 million to support forest and watershed restoration with the active participation of local communities.
During her time as Honduras’ first ambassador to Germany, she promoted dialogue and resource mobilization for climate action and sustainable development in Central America.
Since August 2022, she has been working with TUM International GmbH as an external consultant for sustainability and innovation in Latin America.
Christa holds a Master’s degree in Environmental and Sanitary Engineering from the University of Cantabria, Spain. She served as a professor of ecology at the Central American Technological University (UNITEC). She speaks Spanish (her native language), fluent French and English and has a good knowledge of German.