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.
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.