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Supporting local communities in Peru and Honduras

Since January 2019, PUR Projet is leading a coalition of actors implementing a binational project between Peru and Honduras called « Improving governance and land use management to address the causes of forest loss and degradation and improve carbon stocks ». The project, of a duration of 18 months, is operated by a group of 4 organizations led by PUR Projet and in cooperation between Fundación Helvetas Honduras, Fundación Madera Verde and Fundación Amazonia Viva. The objective is to support local communities implementing sustainable environmental practices in order to protect forest landscapes.

Financially supported by the EUROCLIMA+ program of the European Union, the project is implemented over three territories: in Peru, in the Alto Huayabamba area, and two in Honduras, over the subcuenca Cuyamel, in Catacamas, and the Sico-Paulaya valley, in Colon. This program of international cooperation between the EU and the Latin American and Caribbean region aims at bringing support to implementing the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) of participant countries. After one year of implementation, we are very happy to share the main results.

TRAINING

All four organizations participating to the project designed and implemented a set of workshops aiming at delivering training in international forest initiatives REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation), FLEGT (Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade) and FLR (Forest Landscape Restoration), and in business administration. Understanding international forest initiatives has allowed bringing together key issues:

  • how does climate change happen?
  • What is the role of forests in it?
  • Why legal issues impact forests?
  • How can we reverse the negative impacts of deforestation?

Workshop after workshop, communities have been empowered to engage in active management of their natural resources. Workshops on business administration help strengthen the capacities of local cooperatives, associations, and farmer organization so that they can improve their business activities and reach better efficiency when engaging with markets and partners.

DIVERSIFY AND INCREASE REVENUES OF PRODUCERS

The project is also implementing a set of activities aiming at supporting wood-based value chains, and non-timber value chains. Wood-based value chains can be strengthened by designing sustainable forest management plans so that local communities can benefit from the forest without harming the ecosystem. Non-timber products such as fruits, leaves, nuts, or fibre are often part of traditional food, clothing or arts and crafts. When identified and structured, these type of value chains can represent viable alternatives for revenue. For instance, in Honduras, several plants are used a traditional medicine such as Escalera de mico.

TOOLS FOR IMPROVED LAND USE

Managing land use in a sustainable manner is often a question of planning. The project is also supporting communities in developing their own local plans in order to identify what uses they want to focus on, according to their needs, capacities and in accordance with laws and regulations. In Peru, the project is supporting a group of 20 producers participating in an innovative program of the government: they will be granted the use of national land to implement low impact agricultural practices. The project is also working hand in hand with voluntary producers to restore 40 Hectares of the landscape affected by deforestation with the installation of agroforestry systems. Almost all trees have been planted: cocoa, mahogany, or plantain, among others.

After one year of implementation, the coalition of actors celebrated a series of achievements. In Catacamas, Honduras, all productive sectors gathered to form a regional platform to discuss environmental issues, called “Friends of the Earth”. In November 2019, representatives from all coalition members, along with local partners and allies gather in Catacamas, Honduras during an international Forum in order to foster exchanges between the three territories. This allowed to share ideas, find collectives solutions to common challenges and celebrate the results of the project.

The action will continue until July 2020 in the three territories, delivering ambitious results in the fight against climate change.

Producer involved in restoration action receiving seedlings in his field

More information about the project:

http://euroclimaplus.org/proyectos-bosques/gobernanza-y-gestion-del-uso-del-suelo

With the support of: 

« This post was elaborated with the financial support of the European Union. Its content is the sole responsibility of the project and it does not necessarily represent the views of the European Union ».

 

MATEO BERMUDEZ

Program Manager, Mateo is passionate about the link between ecology and development issues. Based in Bogota, he coordinates the implementation of the binational project between Peru and Honduras financed by the Euroclima+ fund from the European Union.

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