Improved revenues for forestry cooperatives – Honduras
For rural communities in developing countries, taking part in forest management is essential for guaranteeing the sustainability of the resource, preserving biodiversity and diversifying their economic activities by creating new jobs. Since 2003, SOCODEVI, with the expertise of forestry cooperatives in Québec, has helped strengthen cooperative agroforestry industries in Honduras by supporting added value forest products. The ultimate goal is to improve the living conditions of families through the rational and sustainable use of forestry resources.
Our intervention with the member organizations of the CORAMEHL regional cooperative and the FEHCAFOR federation was based on the transfer of management tools, increase in the means of production, and planning for development and commercialization of wood products, to name a few. The improvement in economic and organizational performance enabled dozens of Honduran cooperatives to obtain Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for managing their community forest.
Mr. Richard Trudel, Program managerhttp://coopforh.socodevi.org/