The Pico Bonito-Texiguat (PIBOTEX) biological corridor spans the area between the Pico Bonito National Park and the Texiguat Wildlife Refuge in Northern Honduras. PIBOTEX is part of the larger Mesoamerican Biological Corridor, a long “bridge” of connected habitats and critical areas that allows migratory species to travel safely between Panama and southern Mexico.
This project focuses on improving the habitat and protections for this area to create a viable corridor for wildlife while addressing the resource needs of the local population. Industrial monoculture farming (especially palm oil and pineapples), timber extraction, small farmer slash and burn agriculture, and cattle ranching all threaten the restoration of ecological balance to the area. Together, EcoLogic and local partner the Alliance of Municipalities of Central Atlantida (MAMUCA) provide technical assistance and other support to promote local sustainable management and restoration of natural resources. Our activities here include agroforestry, the construction of fuel-efficient wood stoves, the construction of sumps (greywater and sewage-water drainage pits), and learning exchanges between local water and natural resource boards and other EcoLogic project communities.
Local Partner: Municipalities of the Central Atlantida Department (MAMUCA)
Year Project Began: 2007
Recent project highlights:
- On the initiative of our partner organization, MAMUCA, we started a pilot project to install greywater drainage pits adjacent to people’s homes to reduce flooding and unsanitary conditions.
- Recently involved children in maintaining nurseries at several grade schools in the area. The interest and environmental awareness this appears to engender is leading us to evaluate other project sites for similar school-based initiatives.
- With the support and guidance of the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), we carried out development assessments in four communities, going household by household to collect baseline economic data to assess future sustainable livelihood initiatives.
- Blog: Eco-Family in the Field
Year Project Began: 2007
Size of Project Site: Approximately 35,000 hectares
Population of Project Site: 18,268 people, 4000 families
Languages Spoken: Spanish
Peoples: Spanish descent, mestizo
Sources of Income: Farming, cattle ranching
Unique Environmental/Geographic Features:
Ecosystems: Tropical wet forest
Endangered Species: At least 54
Select species at this project site:
- Black-handed spider monkey (Ateles geoffroyi)
- Giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla)
- Spanish cedar (Cedrela odorata)
Select progress made by EcoLogic and local partners in 2012-2013:
- Constructed 95 greywater and sewage-water drainage pits.
- Built 95 fuel-efficient wood stoves.
- Organized working groups for five communities for the development of management and demarcation plans for their respective watersheds.
- Demarcated three watersheds.
- Reforested 97 hectares.
- Achieved legal recognition for eight local and four municipal water boards.
- Led five field trips to microwatersheds with the communities relying on them to assess threats and problems.
- Provided environmental workshops for two high schools, including training in the propagation of native plants in greenhouses.