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Name of Project: Planting Trees Planting Hope in Rural Honduras

Number of Trees to be Planted: 25,000

Directly Benefits: Local Families

Location: Honduras

Year: 2011


  • Reforest 90 acres
  • Improve the local watershed
  • Plant fruit trees to help feed local people


Notable Highlights

Due to economic hardships and lack of environmental awareness local people have harmed the environment through their activities such as illegal logging, subsistence farming, and poaching.  Farmers also use slash and burn farming techniques in order to make a living.  The slash and burn technique involves clear cutting land then burning what was cut down to give the land high amounts of nutrients for the short term.  The rich nutrients last a few growing seasons and then the land is completely degraded, to the point where it can no longer be farmed.  The farmer will move on to the next forest and begin the slash and burn process again, and the cycle continues.

This project not only plants trees to improve the watershed but also to plant fruit trees to help feed the local people. Along with the tree planting Sustainable Harvest International will be educating the locals in sustainable environmental practices.  The combination of these objectives will help attain the goals of improving the ecosystem and the quality of life for local people.


This project was supported by our corporate partner, the Alcoa Foundation.

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