Creating economic opportunities from sustainable forest management in a protected area: a case study of the ULAKUAS Agroforestry Cooperative (CAIFUL), (Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve, Honduras)
This case study chronicles work undertaken with the CAIFUL forestry cooperative, situated near the indigenous Miskitu community of Brus Laguna, in the Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve, in northeastern Honduras. CAIFUL is a 40-member cooperative whose forestry practices are certified to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards. The cooperative is dedicated principally to the sustainable production of timber for national and international markets. Since 2005, Rainforest Alliance has been working with forestry cooperatives in Honduras. In 2010, with support from MIF, Rainforest Alliance began working more directly with CAIFUL to improve enterprise operations. Support has also been received from USAID and, more recently, from the Avery Dennison Foundation.