2004 October Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development
Insert 2.6—Examples of successful community participation and project partnerships: The Broadleaf Agro-forestry project in northern Honduras
This case illustrates some examples of successful community participation and project partnerships in northern Honduras. CIDA's Broadleaf Agro-forestry project achieved integrated water management through the creation of management areas where sustainable forestry, agro-forestry, and agriculture practices were applied to protect watersheds. By protecting forested areas, planting fruit trees among crops, and promoting intensive and diversified agriculture instead of migratory farming, the project helped stabilize ecosystems, conserve biodiversity, generate water for human consumption, and provide sustainable natural resources to all watershed stakeholders. In total, the project helped protect 70,000 hectares of tropical forest along the northern coast of Honduras.
Forestry is a major economic driver in Honduras, where 85 percent of land is used for logging and agro-forestry activities. Government forest management efforts are undermined by regional illegal logging and migratory agriculture, which are destroying 5,000 hectares of forest each year. The project helped local communities manage their own forests and created partnerships and institutional structures to enforce plans to reduce deforestation.
The project involved communities delimiting more than 37 protected watershed areas. To resolve conflicts over the use of natural resources, it promoted dialogue among local stakeholders to reach agreements on land use and to establish regulations. The project's strategy was based on participation and sustainability. The project also worked in partnership with Honduras to create a fund for the sustainable management of national forests. In total, the project worked with over 1,000 foresters and 40 lumber associations to promote planning of sustainable forestry.
The Broadleaf Agro-forestry project worked with forestry groups, women's groups, and independent farmers in 81 rural communities of northern Honduras. It had over 40 institutional partners, including municipalities, decentralized governmental organizations, and the private sector.