Honduras

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The Honduras Secretary of Natural Resouces and Environment (SERNA) is responsible for the formulation of environmental policies, including to implement Multilateral Environmental Agreements. The Agency promotes the sustainable and efficient management of natural resources and the environment at the national level, and participates actively in environmental protection work including through the promotion of public and private actions that help preserve natural resources; and the provision of timely environmental information to support decision-making.

SERNA’s mission, as a government organisation, is to promote the sustainable development of Honduras through the formulation, coordination, implementation and evaluation of public policies to protect natural resources and the environment, thereby contributing to improving the quality of life of Hondurans, whilst operating under the values of honesty , responsibility, commitment , efficiency and transparency.

Contact
Oscar Rene Torres
Dirección General de Biodiversidad (DiBio)/ Secretary of Natural Resouces and Environment (SERNA)
General Director - Biodiversity (DIBIO)
Carolina Vianey Ponce Reinhardt
DIBIO/SERNA
Environmental Assessor
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Background Information
Surface of Coral Reefs: 
58,956.00km2

Honduras is involved in several initiatives such as the Healthy Reefs Initiative, CORAL, and FORCE, among others. Some of them have been granted fast-tracked permissions to conduct work, such as the Forest Conservation Institute (ICF) who has been helping to identify reef sites needing protection; others intend to promote consevation action for coral reef from a research and investigation perspective.

The government strives to form strategic alliances with all these initiatives to coordinate action, programs and projects on coral reefs, and to streamline language for international reporting purposes. The government is also committed to optimise the legislative and normative framework to enable the efficient delivery of these actions, passing legislation through the Congress of the Republic to establish an enabling environment, and officially recognise the importance of marine and coastal ecosystems.

MPA Information
MPA(s) with coral reefs: 
590
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26 (4 in the Caribbean side and 25 in the Pacific side)

Ramsar Sites
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1. Cuyamel-Omoa National Park ( contains marginal patches of reefs)

2. Utila Island wetland (includes an entire reef complex formation which is important for fisheries)

3. Blanca Jeannethe Kawas National Park (major reef discovered recently, presently being investigated)

4. Punta Izopo National Park (this site serves as marine corridor for the previous site)

5. Lago de Yojoa subbasin

6. Lagoon system if Bacalar

7. Forest life Refuge, Barras de Cuero y Salado (serves as a marine coridor between sites 3 and 4)

8. Fonseca Gulf archipelago, wetland and marine park (presence of coral reefs possible)

9. Laguna de Sambuco wetland

Man and the Biosphere (MAB)
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The Rio Platano Biosphere site has a coastal component which include reefs scattered around 13 islets representing an area of over 50,000 hectares.

In the same jurisdiction, the Cisne oceanic islands have large reef bank extensions which are important fisheries grounds for countries like Cayman, Jamaica, Colombia , Nicaragua and Honduras. This complex could be declared as a marine biosphere, but a key factor is not achieved, and oil exploration and exploitation is being discussed in the area, with a 31,618.95km2 State concession currently being negotiated.

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Last Updated: 29 June 2014