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Community Forestry


ico ambiente internahoncli Community Forestry as a model of integrated development facing the challenges of climate change.



Honduras, Yoro Department



From July 20th, 2016




Honduras is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to the effects of climate change. The European Union is investing important resources in the Country to reduce these effects and to enhance community resilience. The project is part of the EU program for Municipal forest management and adaptation to climate change (CLIFOR) and aims at promoting community forestry, as a model whereby the local community plays a significant role in forest management and decision-making on land use.
This management system envisions a community living with and of the forest's resources, managing the forest in a sustainable way and, as a result, mitigating the effects and the risks connected to global warming.
ACRA, along with the Public University of Honduras (UNAH) and local communities, repositories of traditional knowledge on the forest, is realizing activities with the purpose of promoting processes of applied research and of improving the educational courses on offer at the faculty of Forestry Engineering. The subjects are forestry production, diseases and parasites within the forest ecosystem, simple and clear tools for climate monitoring.



  • General: to contribute to the integrated human development of the Honduras population, facing the challenges of climate change.
  • Specific: to strengthen the management and development of technical and scientific processes that include local communities, the public sector, the private sector and academia for the application of the principles of community forestry as an instrument for adjustment to climate change.



  • Establish community and municipal areas of analysis and discussion on climate change related issues
  • Realize thematic forums on climate change
  • Design and disseminate an awareness campaign
  • Implement three applied research projects: one on improving agroforestry production systems; the second, a study on the installation and dissemination of tools for climate monitoring; a third for preventing the incidence and spread of diseases and forest pests.
  • Organize, together with local actors, a professional course on climate change.
  • Improve supply teaching of forest engineering faculty of the University UNAH-CURLA




Direct beneficiaries:

  • 5,420 people including municipal technicians, representatives of agroforestry groups, community leaders, water committees, local producers. In addition, the project will benefit the students of the forestry engineering faculty, the university courses on themes of community forestry and climate change.

Indirect beneficiaries: the population of the three municipalities of intervention, about 45 thousand people.



The presence of the University as a leader of the action ensures the viability of activities over time. The promotion of ties and exchanges between academia and the community will allow a continuous flow of information between all actors involved. Introducing new low-cost technologies will support producers and local organizations, enhancing community resilience to climate change; at the same time, the University will place good community practices in the curricula, giving value to traditional knowledge and restoring its scientific relevance.



Total value:
315.000 €


Principal funder:
ue   European Commission (CLIFOR Program)

UNAH - Autonomous University of Honduras (Leader of the action)



Other involved institutions:
Honduras Ministry for the Environment


Beyond project

>>> find out the CLIFOR program


Watch the video of the opening of the professional course

in "Community Forestry" of UNAH-CURLA University