The "Forest Value Chains" project provided information to sustainably use forest resources and generate greater opportunities in the communities

Honduras, November 18, 2020. In order to create and strengthen local enterprises, the Federation of Agroforestry Producers of Honduras (FEPROAH), through the Forestry Value Chains project of the EUROCLIMA+ Programme, held an in-person workshop on October 15, with 30 families from the Brisas del Lago Association, located in the community of Horconcitos, municipality of Zapaca, department of Santa Barbara, in Honduras. In this community, young people and women are establishing a community nursery to be used in the reforestation processes that are being developed as part of the sustainable management plans for the tropical forest.

The community has land available for the cultivation of lemons and avocados, products that currently arrive from neighbouring areas and are resold to farm owners or distributors at roadside stalls. In this context, during the entrepreneurship workshop we reflected on the importance and possibilities of consolidating enterprises to provide the community with products that are usually consumed and that can also be used in the reforestation process.

During the workshop, topics such as product analysis, market characterisation, competition, commercialisation, legal aspects and financial analyses were addressed, which are fundamental for the creation of a small business.

"This meeting has given us new ideas about what we want and can do in our community. We obtained information on forestry to generate resources through the rational use of our forests". Amalia Hernández, partner member of the Brisas del Lago Association.

Families from the municipalities of Comayagua and Yamaranguila, located in the department of Intibucá, also received training to develop enterprises. In the Yaruca community, in La Ceiba, Atlántida, workshops were held on REDD+, biodiversity and land management.

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  • The Forest Value Chains project is part of the "Forests, Biodiversity and Ecosystems" sector of the EUROCLIMA+ programme, implemented by the agencies Expertise France (EF) and the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ).
  • In addition to FEPROAH in Honduras, ICCO Cooperación, the Major Community Council of the Organización Popular Campesina Del Alto Atrato - (COCOMOPOCA) in Colombia, the Association of Forest Communities of Petén (ACOFOP) in Guatemala, the Lenca Community Association of Chilanga, and the Lenca Community Association of Guatajiagua in El Salvador are participating in the implementation of this project.
  • Learn more about the project here.

About EUROCLIMA+

EUROCLIMA+ is a programme financed by the European Union and co-financed by the Federal Government of Germany through the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), as well as by the governments of France and Spain. It aims to reduce the impact of climate change and its effects in 18 Latin American and Caribbean countries by promoting climate change mitigation and adaptation, resilience, and investment. The Programme is implemented under the synergistic work of seven agencies: the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), the French Development Agency (AFD), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Expertise France (EF), International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policy (FIIAPP), the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), and UN Environment.

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