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Ecobreves – HONDURAS: Municipalities Confront Climate Change

TEGUCIGALPA, Dec 3 2012 (IPS) - Some 45 municipalities in the so-called dry corridor of Honduras have begun work on a project to promote reforestation, food security and climate change resilience in order to improve living conditions for their communities. The project, supported by the governmental Forest Conservation Institute and the World Food Programme, will be carried out over the course of five years and is expected to benefit some 12,800 families.

Neptalí Amador, a local government councilor in Marcovia, in the southern department of Choluteca, told Tierramérica that female heads of household there will be in charge of a nursery that will produce 1.5 seedlings a year to be used in reforestation. This will contribute to the recovery of water sources, the protection of vulnerable communities exposed to climate risks, and the diversification of subsistence farming.

Marcovia is the pilot area for the project. The other departments included are La Paz and El Paraíso, also in the south.

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