By these and other measures, the project was a success. At the same time, the residents of La Mosquitia, many of them indigenous people who’ve called the region home for centuries, still face formidable challenges. Local infrastructure is sparse, equipment and the power to run it can be hard to come by, and financing is often out of reach.
“Though the way forward in La Mosquitia remains unclear, we’re hopeful that our work with the Rainforest Alliance has provided a model that banks and the Honduran government can follow so that the gains the people of La Mosquitia have made might be sustainable,” said Alicia Procello, president of the Avery Dennison Foundation, which funded the project. “We hope our involvement will inspire others in business and government to engage there.”
We’re now working with the Rainforest Alliance in the Appalachian U.S. to help increase the amount of FSC®-certified forestland in that region. Read more.