Amparo Cerrato is a Honduran lawyer who worked more than eight years in the Ministry of Forests, Protected Areas and Wildlife of her home country. During her career as a government official, she prosecuted illegal logging and poaching crimes and advised Ministers and Senators in forest policy-making. In the last five years, her work has revolved around solving forest land-tenure conflicts and legalizing land rights for local and indigenous communities living in Honduran public forests and national parks. She is currently finishing her Master’s degree in Environmental Management and Development at the Australian National University in Canberra.

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Honduras is a very small, but highly biodiverse Latin American nation whose natural resources are worth preserving. Almost half of the country’s surface is still covered by forests and a quarter of it has the legal status of protected area.1 However, as this developing nation of eight million people faces development pressure, the …

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