Mayors of the municipal corporations of La Unión, Erandique and San Andrés
Swear- in members of environmental committees of beneficiary communities participating in the project of competitiveness for men and women horticulture producers
The mayors of the municipal corporations of La Union in the Copan Department, as well as of Erandique and San Andres in Lempira, held swearing-in ceremonies to officially appoint the members of environmental committees of these three communities, currently benefited by the Project of Competitiveness for Men and Women Horticulture Producers, funded by the Millennium Challenge Account-Honduras and implemented by Asociación PILARH.
The committees are aimed at empowering farmers to lead the implementation of the Environmental Mitigation Plans jointly formulated with the corresponding Municipal Environmental Units and with PILARH’s technicians, assuring compliance during and after the installation of the irrigation systems. Technicians of the Municipal Environmental Units (UMA’s in Spanish) singed confirmations of registration of these committees in each municipality.
Moments during the swearing-in ceremony of the Environmental Committees of Los Suptes y El Trigo, in the municipality of La Unión, Copán.
Swearing-in ceremony of the Environmental Committee of Copantillo, in the municipality of San Andrés, Lempira.
Wilfredo Pozadas, Mayor of the municipal corporation of La Unión, Copán, encouraged men and women producers to comply with the adopted commitments and conveyed his thanks to the Millennium Challenge Account-Honduras and Asociación PILARH.
PILARH’s technical team has established the necessary managerial, legal and human conditions to protect the natural resources in the area that support agricultural production.
Local authorities emphasized the importance of community involvement in project like this one. “Community empowerment is critical to successfully attain the proposed goals”, mentioned Abelardo Díaz, Mayor of Erandique in the Lempira Department.
Member of the committees being sworn-in accepted the challenge that represents complying with all commitments included in the Project’s Environmental Protection Plan and promised to transfer the message to all beneficiary farmers in their communities.
In order to reduce risks from the lack of water in the producing and marketing horticulture products, and to create a mechanism that will allow controlling the use of water and natural resources from which it depends, the Project of Competitiveness for Men and Women Horticulture Producers, will install five irrigation systems in five communities of the Copán and Lempira departments.
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