Deforestation of fragile broadleaf forests in eastern Honduras threatens the livelihoods of communities who depend on these environmental resources. Over time, with no access to legal markets for their products, vulnerable indigenous Pech communities are forced to migrate or work as low-wage day laborers. At the IAF, we support community-led solutions to expand economic opportunity, promote the long-term viability of natural resources, and address the root causes of irregular migration. Our grantee partner, Fundación Madera Verde (FMV), increases incomes of indigenous Pech communities in San Esteban through sustainable forestry practices and access to legal markets for post-production, responsibly-sourced wood and non-wood products such as furniture and crafts. In addition to sustainability, FMV promotes transparency and local participation in natural resource governance.
This grant is part of the IAF’s efforts to address the root causes of irregular migration in Central America.