Reforestation in the Patuca National Park, Honduras
|Importance for biodiversity||High|
|Climate protection factor
(in t CO2)
The last big rainforest in Central America
Naturefund started supporting the Patuca National Park in Honduras in 2007, with the goal of protecting one of the last major rainforests in Central America. The Patuca National Park stretches from the southeast of Honduras to the north of Nicaragua. With an area of 3,776 km² it is one of the largest protected areas in the region. Numerous rare species such as the Jaguar, Tucan and Giant Anteater survived here.
But this last large rainforest is threatened by deforestation and settlement pressures. From 2000 to 2010, the National Park lost about 5% of its forest cover every year.
More than 100,000 trees planted
Together with the National Park Management and local people, Naturefund established more than 100 tree nurseries. The original goal of planting 50,000 trees was far exceeded. A 2014 census showed that Naturefund planted 105,283 trees, which were probably much more, as not all of the reforestation areas were counted.
At the same time, in 2011, Naturefund started supporting families in five villages in the National Park to use the sustainable cultivation method of dynamic Agroforestry. With this method, different tree species are planted next to agricultural products. In a short time an edible forest is created, which offers a variety of products for the families.
In the tropical rainforest of Central America, a deciduous tree stores an average of 800 kg of CO2.