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Department: Technical Cooperation
Project Name: Honduras Forest Pest Management Project
Project Description: Honduras covers an area of 110,000 square kilometers, with forest covering more than 55 percent. Economic pine tree takes up 20,000 square kilometers, one third of the total forest area. Affected by climate change and drought, 22 percent of pine trees in Honduras were infected by south pine beetles, causing forestry economic losses, and even affecting Guatemala and El Salvador.
The Honduran government proposed a cooperation project with Republic of China (Taiwan), hoping to use Geographic Information System (GIS) technology to improve the ability of forest pest monitoring and prevention Following evaluation, it is concluded that the main challenge for the Government of Honduras is its lack ofresources for forest management. Due to the vastness of the forest and the shortage of manpower, it is difficult to immediately report forest pest information and respond when there is a pest outbreak. Satellite data, forestry management technology and the construction of a GIS platform will be used to improve the government’s ability of forest management and pest monitoring. The goal is to reduce response time to pest outbreak by 80 percent.
This project will: 1.Use satellite technology to monitor the status of forests in Honduras. 2. Establish an early warning mechanism for pests and infer the status of pests with data. 3. Develop a good forest management plan. 4.Use the information platform to report and monitor pests instantly. 5. Technology transfer and personnel training.

Implementation Start Date: 2018/6/13
Implementation End Date: 2021/12/31
Project Objectives: 1. Forest health monitoring
(1) Collect 10,000 records of forest health management information
(2) Collect 5,000 records of forest environment information
(3) Four reports on technical assistance for national greenhouse gas for the forestry department (4) One report on climate change response strategy for climate change
(5) Three Forest Health Management Demonstration stations
2. Implement forest pest management
(1) Eight pictures of forest pest risk map
(2) One mechanism of forest pest outbreak
(3) One mechanism of forest pest diffusion model
(4) One mechanism of remote sensing and ground monitoring technology
(5) One mechanism of pest report and notification technology
(6) One model of forest pest early warning mode
(7) One algorism of forest pest loss survey technology
3.Establish a forest health and pest management decision support platform
(1) One system of forest health information management
(2) One system of forest pest early warning
(3) One system of forest pest control decision support
(4) One system of forest pest loss estimation
4.Technology transfer and promotion of healthy forests
(1) Eight forest health promotion activities
(2) Four training courses on forest health monitoring and pest management
(3) Train 60 people on forest management
Executing Agency: 1. Taiwan Technical Mission in Honduras
2. Institute of Forest Conservation (ICF)
Current Progress: To the end of March 2019, the following activities have been completed:
1. Signature of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Honduras Forest Pest Management Project between the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the Government of the Republic of Honduras.
2. Completed the progress reports, including the project plan and the first report on the ’Construction and Capacity Development of the Decision Support Platform for Forest Health Management of Honduras’ proposal.
3. Three forest health promotion activities and project promotion events were held.
4. Completed four surveys of demonstration sites for forest pest control. Three places were selected for signing, and the pest trap was set up and monitored from May 1, 2019.
5. Completed data collection of forest health management information inventory, general information 1,004,019 records, forest health management information 2,156,077 records, forest environmental information inventory 637,906 records.
6. Produced two pest risk maps of 2018. And sent 200 insects to the Taiwan Forestry Research Institution for analysis.
7. Completed one report of technical assistance for the national greenhouse gas for forestry institution.
8. Conducted meeting with the ICF Satellite Monitoring Team to learn about disaster reporting methods, telemetry and ground monitoring technologies.
9. Held one timber organization meeting to understand the use of discarded pine wood in Honduras.
10.Two short-term experts were invited to carry out an inspection mission of feasibility assessment of the wood fuel pellet processing and the planning factory.
Project Contact: Tsung-Hsien Huang
Phone: +886-2-28732323 Ext.207
E-mail: ts.h.huang@icdf.org.tw
Projected Benefits: Government of Honduras would reduce forest pest response time by 80 percent (less than a week) by using the decision-making platform and following the standard operating procedures of forest health and pest control management.
Mission: Taiwan Technical Mission in the Republic of Honduras
Sector: Production Sectors
Sector Item: Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Cooperating Country: Central America, Honduras
Project status: Projects under implementation
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  • Date:2018/8/22
  • Date Updated:2019/5/20