Places We Protect


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Almost the entire economy of the Cayos Cochinos islands relies on the bounty of the ocean.

Cayos Cochinos

Here, the Conservancy and local partners developed a conservation action plan for Cayos Cochinos National Monument, and together with community leaders, fishers and partners, we are supporting the demarcation of no-fishing zones to reduce illegal fishing and the intrusion of industrial fishing fleets into protected areas.
Find out what we are doing in Cayo Cochinos

Pine-Oak Forests

The pine-oak forests of Mesoamerica stretch from Chiapas in southern Mexico through northern Nicaragua. With nearly 1.5 million acres, Honduras (particularly the Department of Olancho) contains the most extensive and intact areas of the Central American Pine-Oak Forest ecoregion, which covers nearly 28 million acres in Mesoamerca. The ecoregion contains a variety of forest types, including high altitude conifer forests with a mix of pine species, nearly exclusive ocote pine forests, and mixed pine-and-oak forests. These forest habitats are critically threatened by deforestation, forest fires and expanding agriculture.

The Conservancy has partnered with the federal government, municipalities, the private sector and community-based organizations to improve sustainable forest management by local communities and municipalities, protect forests from the attacks of pests, and train forest guards in fire management.

The Conservancy also has supported the management of two priority protected areas--La Muralla Wildlife Reserve and Agalta National Park--as well as a project to boost community income by installing a saw mill to produce sustainably harvested goods. The Conservancy also has helped local communities improve their agricultural practices and strengthen organizational and administrative capacities.

Dry Forests of Central Honduras

The unique characteristics of Honduras’ dry forest, which cover nearly 5 million acres over 105 patches of forest throughout the central region of the country, are a product of dramatic seasonal changes and tropical climate. Dry forests are especially important to migratory birds, and as many as 50 endemic plant species occur here.

The Conservancy has been working to protect the country’s remaining dry forests by collaborating with national and local governments, conservation organizations, community leaders and universities. We supported development of a conservation action plan for the Emerald Hummingbird Reserve, and in San Esteban, we joined together with the municipal government to set aside for conservation a significant tract of dry forest that had been purchased to incinerate solid waste. In these two areas, the Conservancy is supporting the establishment of a land co-management process involving community-based organizations, local governments, local NGOs, and federal government agencies.