Innovation in land management in Honduras after Hurricane Mitch

Innovation often comes as a result of crisis and sustainable solutions often from community level.

United States Geological Survey

United States Geological Survey

Innovation often comes as a result of crisis and sustainable solutions often from community level. Studies in north-eastern Honduras after the powerful hurricane Mitch hit the country in 1998 showed how the disaster led to substantial changes in land management. These changes were facilitated not by established aid organisations, but by initiatives that spread almost ‘virally’ from household to household.  This resulted in a shift to a more equitable land distribution and protected forests that helped the community cope with similar flooding 10 years later.