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Facing Future Storms: Poor Honduran Communities Unite to Protect Watersheds and Nature

Conservation sign in Honduras

A sign of the times in Pico Bonito National Park, Honduras: “Nature is the most beautiful thing God created. Let’s take care of it.” (Photo: Robin Chazdon)

By Dr. David Barton Bray, EcoLogic Board member.This story was originally published on Mongabay.

There hasn’t been much good news out of Honduras recently. One of the poorest Latin American nations, it has been afflicted by a series of natural and political calamities. In 1998, Hurricane Mitch killed over 14,000 people, impacted a third of the population and did $3.8 billion in damage—three-quarters of the nation’s total GDP. Droughts followed, reducing corn and bean production by 50 to 70 percent in some years. In 2009, an elected President was overthrown by the military. And in 2014, hard times in Honduras made the U.S. news, as a stream of unaccompanied children fled to the United States.

Read more about hope and resilience in Honduras >>

Protecting the “Land of Many Trees”

Tree nursery in Barillas, Guatemala

A tree nursery in Santa Cruz Barillas, in the Cuchumatanes Mountains of western Guatemala. (Photo: Dan Grossman)

The name “Guatemala” comes from the indigenous Náhuatl word “Quauhtlemallan,” meaning “land of many trees.” It is an apt name for the lushly forested country, which ranks among the world’s top five hotspots for biodiversity. But the “land of many trees” is in danger of losing its namesake. Forest loss in Guatemala has been accelerating rapidly since the 1980s. In 2006, the United Nations Center for Biological Diversity estimated that 73 thousand hectares of forest are lost annually—equivalent to 200 football stadiums every day. In this photo essay, we explore the rich natural and cultural beauty of the Cuchumatanes—as well as the threats we have to overcome in order to protect it.

Learn more about the stunning landscape of Guatemala’s Cuchumatanes Mountains >>

What’s Your Watershed?

NEID water event

Attendees included representatives from EcoLogic, New England International Donors, the Charles River Watershed Association, and the Environmental Grantmakers Association

Do you know what watershed you live in? On May 6, EcoLogic hosted New England International Donors (NEID), the Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA), and the Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA) at our Cambridge office for a lively discussion about solutions to the global water crisis. NEID organized the event as part of their ongoing Pathways to Change Series. Before the conversation began, attendees were invited to introduce themselves—and name the watershed they lived in. Fortunately for those who didn’t know, local watershed expert Julie Wood of the CRWA was there to set us straight. (For the record, EcoLogic’s office in Cambridge, MA, is located in the Charles River watershed!)

Read more about our discussion of the global water crisis >>