USDA Assessment Report
Honduras Assessment Report:A Vision for Sustainable Development
Service International Institute of Tropical Forestry (Institute, Appendix 1) was received from Senator Thad Cochran’s Gulf Coast Office on May 10, 2005. The letter requested that Institute Director Ariel E. Lugo and Mit G. Parsons, Special Assistant, State and Private Forestry accompany senate staffer Ms. Parah Gatchell to visit and review a sustainable watershed project on the north coast of Honduras in the Departamento de Colón. The specific objectives of the request were to: (1) ascertain the scientific veracity of a sustainable watershed project that was show cased by the non-governmental organization (NGO) “Fundación Agrícola VID (FUNAVID)”, March 24, 2004 at the White Water to Blue Water World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Miami, FL. (WW2BW, Appendix 2); and (2) determine if the scientific model being proposed could be effectively duplicated in similar ecotypes of Honduras and other countries of Central America. In addition, while on the ground in Honduras the team was also asked by Ms. Gatchell to address ways the Institute could be engaged in this project as part of the objectives of WW2BW.
The Assessment Team (Team) of Lugo and Parsons visited the site in Honduras with Ms. Gatchell from May 23 through May 27, 2005. The team met with Dr. Marion Dodson, Executive Director, FUNAVID, Mr. Alexie A. Salinas, President FUNAVID, Dr. Guillermo Valle, Professor, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras - CURLA, Ligia Ramos, Agronomist, Dole International, and community leaders from a 24-km stretch of the north coast of Colón. The Team reviewed an experimental alleycropping agroforestry system that has been under study at the CURLA National University Experimental Agricultural Station, walked the 500-ha watershed owned by FUNAVID, and toured the supporting infrastructure. This assessment report is based on the data gathered at these sites and interactions with the principles mentioned above.