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’s main outputs include: (a) Using satellite technology to monitor the status of Honduras forests; (b) Establishing an early warning mechanism for pests and inferring the status of pests with data; (c) Developing a good forest management plan; (d) Using the information platform to report and monitor pests instantly; (e) Technology transfer and personnel training.

Implementation Start Date: 2018/6/13
Implementation End Date: 2021/12/31
Project Objectives: 1. Develop forest health monitoring
(1) 10,000 records were collected for forest health management information.
(2) 5,000 records were collected for forest environment information.
(3) 4 reports of the forestry department technical assistance report of the national greenhouse gas
(4) 1 report of climate change response strategy for climate change
(5) 3 stations of Forest Health Management Demonstration
2.Implement forest pest management
(1) 8 pictures of forest pest risk map
(2) 1 mechanism of forest pest diffusion model
(3) 1 mechanism of remote sensing and ground monitoring technology
(4) 1 mechanism of pest report and notification technology
(5) 1 model of forest pest early warning mode
(6) 1 algorism of forest pest loss survey technology
3.Establish a forest health and pest management decision support platform
(1) 1 system of forest health information management
(2) 1 system of forest pest early warning
(3) 1 system of forest pest control decision support
(4) 1 system of forest pest loss estimation
4.Technology transfer and promotion of healthy forests
(1) 8 activities of forest health promotion
(2) 4 training courses of forest health monitoring and pest management
(3) Training 60 people of forest management
Executing Agency: 1. Taiwan Technical Mission in Honduras
2. Institute of Forest Conservation (Instituto de Conservación Forestal, ICF)
Current Progress: As of September 2021, 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 1st to 13th report on the ’Construction and Capacity Development of the Decision Support Platform for Forest Health Management of Honduras'.
3. Twenty (20) forest health promotion activities and plans events were held, 480 participants joined the events.
4. Completed four surveys of demonstration sites for forest pest control. Three (3) 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 (2) pest risk maps of 2018, two (2) pest risk maps of 2019, four (4) pest risk maps of 2020, and one (1) pest risk maps for the first half of 2021; sent around 600 insects to the Taiwan Forestry Research Institution for analysis.
7. Completed three (3) reports 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 (1) timber organization meeting to understand the use of discarded pine wood in Honduras.
10. Two (2) short-term experts were invited to carry out an inspection mission of feasibility assessment of the wood fuel pellet processing and the planning factory.
11. Delivered a speech about the principles of risk maps to UNAH,UNACIFOR.
l2. Accepted two (2) interviews on Honduras TV channel to explain the pest control strategy.
13. Submitted "The 2019 Risk Map Analysis Report" to Honduran President.
14. Trained 12 ICF technicians on database management software, 10 ICF technicians on the working principles and task planning of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), 10 ICF technicians on operating machines for production of biofuel pellets, and 10 ICF technicians on IoT-connected weather stations.
15. Installed three (3) meteorological stations at demonstration sites.
16. Intstalled the pest management platform server at ICF's server room and started software testing.
Project Coordinator Name: Kai-Fen Hsu
Project Coordinator Phone: +886-2-28732323 Ext.207
Project Coordinator E-mail: k.f.hsu@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
Cooperating Country: Central America, Honduras
Themes: Environmental Protection
Project status: Projects under implementation
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  • Date:2018/8/22
  • Date Updated:2021/11/19