In Honduras, one-third of forests disappeared between 1990 and 2005, among the worst deforestation rates in Latin America.
The problem stems from poverty -- slash and burn agriculture by subsistence farmers, clearing for cattle pastures, and fuel wood collection – as well as mining, timber harvesting, and fires.
Honduras’ Pico Bonito National Park is a 265,000 acre mountain rainforest of spectacular beauty and fragile mega-biodiversity. It’s 19 watersheds supply drinking water to more than 500,000 people living in surrounding communities and cities. Over 200 poor communities living in the park’s buffer zone present complex conservation and sustainability challenges. Boston-based EcoLogic Development Fund, with local partner, The Pico Bonito Foundation, have introduced community projects focusing on watershed management, reforestation for conservation and small scale agro-forestry, and promoting sustainable livelihoods. The innovative conservation work was recognized with an Energy Globe National Award for Honduras in 2007.
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