EcoLogic was founded with a mission to empower rural and indigenous people to restore and protect tropical ecosystems in Central America and Mexico. EcoLogic is working in Olanchito, Honduras with the municipal government to implement an innovative payment-for-environmental-services (PES) model financed at the household level. This grant will enable EcoLogic to provide technical assistance to the local water management committee for implementing a management plan based on models from neighboring areas.
Sustainable Resource Management
Founded in 1990, Protección del Medio Ambiente Tarija (PROMETA) concentrates on conserving biodiversity and promoting sustainable development in order to strengthen environmental conservation and improved quality of life for Bolivians. PROMETA has emphasized conservation and valuation of water as a fundamental natural resource for human existence and has strived to instill a culture of respect regarding water use.
Earth Innovation Institute (EII) began operations in 2010 in the U.S. as the international arm of the Brazil-based Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM), which was founded with focus on expanding research and shaping policies that would promote a more sustainable development model for the region. EII supports tropical nations seeking to lower greenhouse gas emissions from land use, to safeguard food production systems and to strengthen traditional and indigenous claims on natural resources.
Founded in 1990, the Sonoran Institute works across the rapidly changing American West to conserve and restore natural and cultural assets and to promote better management of growth and change. The Sonoran Institute works in a wide variety of settings from the Delta of the Colorado River and the Mojave Desert of southeast California to Montana's Rocky Mountains.
Among its many programs, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) works to promote public policies that establish financing for conservation and unlock public payment-for-environmental-service mechanisms (PES) for private landholder benefit in Brazil and elsewhere in Latin America. This grant from the Tinker Foundation will enable TNC to provide technical assistance to governments that are working to increase adoption and implementation of payments-for-environmental-service mechanisms.
Although Honduras is one of the poorest countries in Latin America, its future is not one of only dire projections. In the aftermath of the destruction wrought by Hurricane Mitch, the small, rural communities surrounding Pico Bonito National Park joined together to forge a more hopeful future for themselves.