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Equator Initiative Case Study - Agency for the Development of the Mosquitia (MOPAWI)

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For more than 25 years, the Agency for the Development of the Mosquitia (in Miskita, Mosquitia Pawisa Apiska – MOPAWI) has worked to engage local and indigenous communities in the integrated management of the Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve and other protected areas in northeastern Honduras. Located within the Mosquitia area, the reserve contains the largest intact rainforest north of the Amazon, and was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982 in recognition of its natural and cultural heritage values.
The organization has collaborated with indigenous groups in Honduras to create a forest guard program that develops ecological guidelines and zoning for the Mesoamerican corridor, including rules for hunting, fishing, forestry and agriculture. As well as community forestry, the group’s activities include sustainable agriculture, micro-enterprise development, ecotourism, and advocacy for indigenous land rights. The Equator Initiative brings together the United Nations, governments, civil society, businesses and grassroots organizations to recognize and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. As local and indigenous groups across the world chart a path towards sustainable development, the Equator Prize--issued biennially by the Equator Initiative--shines a spotlight on their efforts by honoring them on an international stage. This project was awarded the Equator Prize in recognition of its contribution to local sustainable development solutions.

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