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fee to the Municipality for every barrel of resin they took from the forest, but they did not

negotiate any taxes with the Municipality for logging. They were told by

AFE/COHDEFOR it was not necessary because they work on national forest. The mayor

sent notice to the cooperative that they would have to pay the Municipality 100 Lps. per

cubic meter of wood they harvested. His justification was the Municipalities Law, which

states that Municipal governments have the authority to manage natural resources within

the Municipality. As with Villa de San Antonio, he was not offering services to the

community, he only wanted to charge money. The Municipalities Law contradicts the

Agriculture Modernization Law. Contradiction is a common problem in the Honduran

legal system. In this case, the Municipalities Law gives power to municipal governments

to manage natural resources, while the Agriculture Modernization Law says that

AFE/COHDEFOR is the executor of all national forest land. After several meetings, they

negotiated a much smaller tax for the municipality because they were not offering

support for the cooperative or community. The cooperative still had to pay the

Municipality.

Cooperatives do not trust AFE/COHDEFOR and the municipalities to treat them

fairly. Experience has taught them what to expect from these institutions, and they act

accordingly. The atmosphere of distrust prevents both the cooperatives and the

institutions from doing their jobs well.

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