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Comité para la Defensa y Desarrollo de la Flora y Fauna del Golfo de Fonseca (CODDEFFAGOLF)
Honduras
 

In a coastal region of Honduras that has some of the highest rates of poverty in Latin America and that is facing severe environmental threats from the shrimp farming, sugar cane, and commercial fishing industries, Comité para la Defensa y Desarrollo de la Flora y Fauna del Golfo de Fonseca (CODDEFFAGOLF) has been a force for positive change over the last 20 years. With a focus on protecting and restoring dwindling mangroves and coastal biodiversity, the group has constructed artificial coral reefs as fish aggregation sites and used direct seeding to replant and regenerate the coastal forests. Fish populations have increased by 36 percent in installed reef sites and more than 1,200 hectares of mangroves have been reforested, improving local fishing livelihoods and benefiting over 7,000 families along the Gulf. Restored mangroves serve as 'green infrastructure' and buffer the coastal communities from climate-related storm surges and floods. Radio programming has helped the organization raise awareness about climate change, ecosystem health, and the power of community action. The group has successfully campaigned for the established of nine protected areas, the declaration of a 69,711 hectare Ramsar site, and the creation of a vibrant, citizen-driven environmental monitoring network.

 

CONTACT

Leana Corea Flores
Tel:+504 27 81 20 16, +504 95 99 53 03
Email: lcorea@coddeffagolf.org
Languages: Spanish