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Honduras: Within eleven years it lost 10% of its forests

About 10% of forest areas lost by Honduras over a period of eleven years (2010-2021), as announced by the country’s president, Xiomara Castro, on Friday, during the presentation of a program for the protection of the environment.

“Under dictatorship, from 2010 to 2021, Honduras lost a total of 6,965,620 hectares of forest, which constituted 10% of our forest land”the president said, referring to the right-wing governments of her predecessors Porfirio Lobo (2010-2014) and Juan Orlando Hernandez (2014-2018, 2018-2022).

Ms. Castro, speaking in a pine forest about five kilometers north of the capital Tegucigalpa, presented a forest fire prevention and reforestation program that concerns 150 of the country’s 298 communities.

She lamented the wildfires plaguing her country and the deforestation attributed to uncontrolled ranching and agriculture.

In Honduras there were 19 million hectares of forest, mainly conifers, but 5,000,000 hectares were lost in 2015-2016 amid a spike in insect populations following a long drought attributed to climate change.

Source: News Beast

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