Honduras lost 10% of its forests between 2010 and 2021, President Xiomara Castro announced on Friday as she opened the environmental protection program.
“Under the dictatorship from 2010 to 2021, Honduras lost a total of 696,562 hectares of forest, which is 10% of our forests,” the president said, referring to the governments of her predecessors Porfirio Lobo (2010-2014) and Juan Orlando. Hernandez (2014-2018 and 2018-2022).
In the middle of a coniferous forest in San Matias, located 5 km north of Tegucigalpa, Ms. Castro launched a forest fire prevention and reforestation program involving 150 of the country’s 298 municipalities.
She deplored the forest fires in Honduras and the country’s deforestation due to livestock and slash-and-burn agriculture.
Honduras had 1.9 million hectares of coniferous forests, but lost about 500,000 hectares between 2015 and 2016, due in part to a surge in insect populations following a severe climate-change-related drought.
With a total area of 112,492 km2, Honduras has five types of forests: coniferous, tropical wet, cloudy, mangrove and dry.