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February 1/ 2003
- Press Releases
Honduras launches new slogan for tourism in C.A.

To guarantee the development and the continued protection of the Bay Islands, and especially its coral reef, the second largest in the world, the Tourism Ministry has created a Marine Park that spans the entire zone.

The Tourism Ministry, as part of its Bay Islands Environmental Management Program and with funding from the Interamerican Development Bank (IDB) and the Honduran government, has just completed three years of scientific study and preparation, culminating in the publication of an Environmental Management Directive Guide.

The Guide provides Bay Islands residents with a series of environmental and socioeconomic measures they can take to protect and sustain their surroundings and way of life. These include the management of reef zones, the rehabilitation of dive buoys, stocking fish for local small-scale fishermen, creating visitor’s centers, providing incentives for land owners to respect water basins, training guides and carrying out environmental programs in schools.

Activities like these will allow municipal authorities to implement and monitor environmentally sustainable tourism operations throughout the entire Bay Islands archipelago. The project’s scope will cover tourist zones and green areas, as well as urban and industrial zones.

The initiative seeks to sustain and protect the Island’s natural environment in order to encourage a growing tourist flow and subsequent economic development.

The Marine Park will be managed locally. Municipal authorities and local residents will both participate in the decision-making process. A series of seminars and discussions will help them create and implement sustainable development plans in Roatan, Utila and Guanaja.


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