Protección, Quebrada Honda, Chagüite Grande
Figure 3. Map of Honduras and departments. Source: United Nations Cartographic Department.
The cooperatives selected had existed for more than 20 years, and they began as
pine resin cooperatives, later diversifying into other activities while continuing to tap
resin. The long tenure of the groups’ existence means that they have been at least
marginally successful, and they have also overcome periods of difficulties. These long
histories tell much about the challenges a forest cooperative faces in order to exist over
the long term. The experiences of each group in trying to integrate logging with resin
tapping are interesting and important for a number of reasons. First, the integration of
logging with resin tapping can potentially give more long-term benefits to communities
than either activity by itself (Johnson, 1998). Numerous development projects aimed at
strengthening forest cooperatives in Honduras have tried to integrate the two activities.