Fish Forever in the Mesoamerican Reef: Scaling Community-based Fisheries Management in Honduras
Honduras is considered highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Honduras’ location favors the passage of extreme weather events such as hurricanes, tropical storms, floods and droughts that hit the country year after year. Climate projections for Honduras for 2050 predict that for the next few years there will be loss of forest cover, mangroves, coral reef and fisheries and associated ecosystem services and livelihoods. The greatest immediate threat to coastal ecosystems across the Mesoamerican Reef is uncontrolled fishing, which places chronic pressure on marine life.
An approach that places biodiversity under effective protection while safeguarding local livelihoods and anchoring communities in place is critically important. Now, more than ever, this region needs Rare’s Fish Forever Program, and communities and local government are redoubling their efforts to embed this strategy into their plans and actions going forward. Rare and local NGO Centro de Estudios Marinos (CEM) are partnering with Oceans 5 to support local staff on behavior adoption campaign activities, and training and capacity building sessions for implementing partners, government staff, and community- based management bodies to ensure the effective management and protection of Honduran coastal waters.