Pico Bonito National Park Broadleaf Species Reforestation Project
Afforestation, Reforestation, and Revegetation
Honduras – Atlántida and Yoro regions
Rainforest Alliance Evaluation:
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 the Pico Bonito National Park, Honduras’ third-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 trees, helping to sequester carbon, increase the 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). The reforestation project is expected to 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 for the sequestration of a projected 60,000 tCO2e over its 30-year project lifetime.