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Published on Feb 11, 2014
This brief, time-lapse video, produced with the aid of Terra-i satellite imagery, shows agricultural conversion of forests in and around the managed forest area of the community of Copen, Honduras. Copen was recognized in 2010 by FAO as one of 18 "Model Forests" in Latin America. But Copen's forests and those of neighboring communities in the buffer zone of Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve in Honduras--a UNESCO World Heritage Site (endangered)--are now threatened by unchecked invasions (shown as red rectangles surrounding and within Copen's management area, outlined on the map). The U.S. nonprofit GreenWood and its Honduran counterpart, Fundacion Madera Verde, are working with these community groups to halt these illegal incursions and protect these valuable forests.