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The Pitsawing Groups of Northern Honduras: Progress and Problems

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Honduras has had one of the highest deforestation rates in the world, because of policies that encourage transition to pasture. This paper reported the experiences of the CIDA-funded Broadleaved Forest Development Project (PDBL), which aimed to support pit sawing groups with the long-term objective of sustainable management of forest lands. Pit sawing techniques were inefficient in terms of time and waste, but the pitsawyers had been granted certification through the UK. The pitsawyers' marketing co-operative, however, offered a poor service. Overall, economic sustainability of the project was unlikely without stronger land tenure for the pitsawyers.

Michael Richards