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Honduras lost 10% of its forests in eleven years

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Honduras used to have 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.

Honduras will lose 10% of its forest land between 2010 and 2021, President Xiomara Castro announced Friday, presenting a program to protect the environment.

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“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 predecessor Porfirio Lobo (2010-2014). and Juan Orlando Hernandez (2014-2018, 2018-2022).

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

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

Honduras used to have 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.

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