Women in Moskitia improving their socio-economic activities – Honduras
This project promotes recycling and raising environmental awareness in communities along a large lagoon in
northeastern Honduras. “Women in Moskitia improving their socio-economic activities” trains and
educates women in sold waste management and recycling, while conducting an environmental community
awareness and outreach campaign. This activity cleans up the environment while providing jobs.
- 300,000 pounds of waste per year prevented from entering the lagoon
- 40 per cent reduction in high-risk urban pollution
- 19 permanent jobs created
- Project has won several national awards
Rapid population growth and industry in the department of Gracias a Dios, a region also known as La Moskitia, has
led to a high volume of solid waste that is spawning an environmental crisis for the wetland system around
Carataska Lagoon. Solid waste, such as freezers and refrigerators that contain highly polluting heavy metals, end
up lying in green areas, along roads, in the woods, and on the shores of the lagoon.
This women-led project has been recycling and promoting better solid waste management. Women collect, sort, and
transport trash to the municipal crematorium, in the process diverting and reclaiming recyclables from the waste
The project has made progress in building a landfill on the outskirts of the port town of Lempira, educated and
trained women in solid waste management and recycling, and purchased a plant for the recycling of plastic products
and cans. The activity also has an outreach and community awareness component, including television and radio
spots, and educational talks in schools.
Helping the planet
The reduction of solid waste – particularly of toxic urban waste – improves the lagoon’s
ecosystem. Since the region is a wildlife sanctuary, this will benefit the species that rely on the wetland
ecology. Recycling reduces natural resource pressures and prevents the environmental destruction cause by the the
extraction of virgin resources.
People around the lagoon also benefit from its cleanup, including through cleaner and healthier water. They enjoy a
more pleasant and less hazardous environment, while women also gain job opportunities.
Many communities that are contaminated could benefit from implementing a similar model. In fact, the project is
being extended to clean up other towns nearby.
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