Flora found in rainforest of La Moskitia in the Rio Platano Biosphere of Honduras. TNC and local partners are working together to conserve the Honduran Mosquitia, focusing on the 2 million acre Rio Plátano Biosphere Reserve
Flora in Rio Platano, Honduras (ALL RIGHTS) Flora found in rainforest of La Moskitia in the Rio Platano Biosphere of Honduras. TNC and local partners are working together to conserve the Honduran Mosquitia, focusing on the 2 million acre Rio Plátano Biosphere Reserve that lies within La Mosquitia's boundaries. Photo credit: © Erika Nortemann/TNC ©: Erika Nortemann/The Nature Conservancy

Honduras

Honduras Conservation Milestones

  • Since 1997, TNC has been working in Honduras, considered a conservation hotspot because of its numerous plant varieties and animal species and varied terrain, from cloud forests to coastal jungles.
  • The Conservancy and its partners, including the Secretariat of Natural Resources and Environment, National Institute of Forestry, USAID, GEF, UNDP and GIZ, have made impressive strides to protect Honduras’ natural capital.
SEMILLAS EN FRUTOS. Arriba, semillas de frutos usados para hacer tintes y maquillaje en Las Marías, una comunidad pech.
Seeds in fruit Seeds in fruit used for dyes and make-up in Las Marias, an indigenous Pech community. © Erika Nortemann/The Nature Conservancy
  • Working with many local and international partners, TNC has contributed to the protection of approximately 1.8 million hectares by helping create or strengthen eleven protected areas, including La Tigra National Park, the Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve and the Lancetilla Botanical Garden, and supporting sustainable practices by community cooperatives.
  • In 2005, the 12,000-acre Emerald Hummingbird Reserve was created by the Honduran government with help from The Nature Conservancy. This reserve protects one of the country’s rarest birds and the critically threatened dry forest. Under the USAID-funded MAREA (Management of Aquatic Resources and Economic Alternatives) Project TNC has expanded its conservation efforts to support consolidation of marine protected areas across the region.
Thick-billed seed finch near Rio Platano in Honduras, Central America.
Thick-billed seed finch Thick-billed seed finch near Rio Platano. © Lynda Richardson