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Olanchito

HONDURAS

I am the foreman of a fire prevention brigade. We report when we see people using chainsaws illegally in the forest. We also identify areas impacted by the pine beetle and cut down infested trees to create a buffer.

-Don Ramon, a community leader from the village of Agalteca in Honduras

What We Do

With the project activities we seek:

Community-led Forest Restoration: Assisted Natural Regeneration (ANR) is a method for enhancing the establishment of secondary forest from degraded grassland and shrub vegetation. 


Activities include:

Community Monitoring: visits to several sites in the forest that are regenerating and conduct visual evaluations of the regeneration. 

Fire Prevention and Control: The construction and maintenance of firebreaks is carried out by brigades.

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Ecosystem:

Endangered Species:

40,000

Mestizo

Spanish

Agriculture, cattle ranching

56%

6,111 hectares

Central American Pine-Oak Forest

Jaguar, tapirs, ocelots, and white-tailed deer

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The Agreement on Joint Environmental Management of the Municipality of Olanchito (MACO) aims to restore and protect the Uchapa-Pimienta watershed for the wellbeing of the environment and the people of Olanchito. The initiative focuses on establishing environmental funds for conservation of the 6,500-ha Uchapa-Pimienta watershed, which supplies water to more than 40,000 people. EcoLogic, AJAASSPIB and the municipality of Olanchito are signers of the Agreement.

Protection and Regeneration of the Uchapa-Pimienta Watershed

Thanks to the success of our Communities Organizing for Watersheds project where we have been helping communities sustainably manage their water sources and unite to secure local financing for natural resource management and protection, the Municipality of Olanchito reached out to AJAASSPIB and EcoLogic to accomplish a similar feat on a larger scale. Officials from the municipality wanted help forging agreements and establishing environmental funds for conservation of the 6,500-ha Uchapa and Pimienta watershed, which supplies water to more than 40,000 people. In March 2011, EcoLogic, AJAASSPIB and the municipality of Olanchito signed the Agreement on Joint Environmental Management or MACO.

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