Pico Bonito National Park Broadleaf Species Reforestation Project
Afforestation, Reforestation, and Revegetation
Honduras – Atlántida and Yoro regions
Validated conformance with the Verified Carbon Standard, Version 3: December 7th, 2011 (RA-VAL-VCS-013920).
This project is designed to reforest degraded agricultural lands along the perimeter of Pico Bonito National Park, Honduras’ 3rd largest national park, using over a dozen native broadleaf species that also have commercial value such as caoba (Swietenia macrophylla), and cedro rojo (Cedrela fissilis). To date, the project has replanted nearly 300,000 tree species, helping to increase connectivity of forest patches with the nearby national park and improve habitat for endemic forest-dependent species such as the jaguar (Pantera onca), quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno)and ocelot (Leopardus wiedii nicarague), while sequestering carbon through reforestation efforts. It is also expected that this project will maintain economic benefits for the local community by providing wages to locals who assist with forestry maintenance and by creating the possibility for communities to obtain income from carbon credits. The project is expected to sequester 60,000 tCO2eover a 30 year period.