Land Purchase for Water and Biodiversity Conservation in the Trifinio Region, Honduras Successful Experience of Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change

Published: 08 November 2018
Last edited: 01 April 2019
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The land purchase process for the biodiversity and water conservation of sources which, since 2006, has been developed in the existent biological corridor between the Biosphere Trifinio-La Fraternidad Reserve and the Men Reserve and the Lempira Lord of the Mountains Biosphere (UNESCO), specifically in the Güisayote Biological Reserve, the micro-watershed El Espinal-Cerro Negro and the Pacayita Volcano Biological Reserve, in the Western region of Honduras, which at the same time is part of the Trifinio region shared with El Salvador and Guatemala.


With more than 1048 hectares of land purchased up to 2016, within the framework of mitigation and adaptation to climate change, with contributions of the municipal governments, community water administrator boards, AESMO and of our strategic partners IUCN NL, World Land Trust and Puro Coffee, the present process proposes an exercise of knowledge exchange and inter-organizational learning.


Central America
Scale of implementation
Forest ecosystems
Freshwater ecosystems
Pool, lake, pond
Rangeland / Pasture
River, stream
Tropical evergreen forest
Connectivity / transboundary conservation
Ecosystem services
Habitat fragmentation and degradation
Indigenous people
Protected area governance
Watershed management
Erratic rainfall
Increasing temperatures
Land and Forest degradation
Loss of Biodiversity
Conflicting uses / cumulative impacts
Pollution (incl. eutrophication and litter)
Ecosystem loss
Lack of access to long-term funding
Lack of alternative income opportunities
Lack of technical capacity
Lack of public and decision maker’s awareness
Poor monitoring and enforcement
Lack of food security
Unemployment / poverty
Sustainable development goals
SDG 5 – Gender equality
SDG 6 – Clean water and sanitation
SDG 13 – Climate action
SDG 15 – Life on land
SDG 16 – Peace, justice and strong institutions
Aichi targets
Target 1: Awareness of biodiversity increased
Target 5: Habitat loss halved or reduced
Target 11: Protected areas
Target 15: Ecosystem restoration and resilience
Target 18: Traditional knowledge
Sendai Framework
Target 2: Reduce the number of affected people globally by 2030
Target 4: Reduce disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption of basic services, among them health and educational facilities, including through developing their resilience by 2030
Target 5: Increase the number of countries with national and local disaster risk reduction strategies by 2020
Target 6: Enhance international cooperation to developing countries through adequate and sustainable support to complement their national actions for implementation of this Framework by 2030


El Guisayote Biological Reserve | The Fraternity Trifinio Biosphere Reserve, Reserve of Man and Biosphere Cacique Lempira Lord of the Mountains (UNESCO)
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The purchase of more than 1048 hectares of land, for over a decade, in order to conserve the biodiversity and water sources in the biological corridor between the Trifinio-La Fraternidad Biosphere Reserve and Reserve del Hombre and Lempira Lord of the Mountains Biosphere (UNESCO), is a new and unique process for mitigation and adaptation to climate change in Honduras.


Behind this achievement is the establishment and cultivation of partnerships including municipal governments, administrative boards community water, AESMO and conservation institutions of international partnership as UICN-Netherlands, World Land Trust and Puro Coffee. These partnerships have generated conservation mechanisms of natural resources, mainly water, for present and future generations, providing a series of learning and a wealth of knowledge that we hope will be useful to address challenges of a similar nature at national and international level.

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Asociación AESMO