Asociación Ecológica de San Marcos de Ocotepeque (AESMO)
NGO Founded: 1990
Partnership Formed: 2011
Organisation's aim: AESMO is dedicated to improving the quality of life of people living in western Honduras, through sustainable community management of natural resources in protected areas and watersheds.
AESMO was established in April 1990 by a group of people interested in finding alternative solutions to the environmental problems facing the municipality of San Marcos Ocotepeque in Honduras. In 1993 the organisation began developing projects on watershed protection within the community. Since its foundation, AESMO has expanded its projects to protect several wilderness areas and deliver environmental education to schools, teachers, farmers and entire communities.
Partnership with WLT
In 2007 and 2010, AESMO received funding from WLT partner IUCN-NL for land purchase. IUCN-NL informed WLT that AESMO needed support for land purchase and subsequently the organisation was invited to submit a proposal to WLT and after reviewing their submission AESMO became a WLT Programme Partner in 2011.
Projects with WLT
The partnership is still in its early stages so WLT and AESMO do not have an active project yet. However, AESMO has identified areas of habitat that need protection and there is the potential for WLT to give support to these areas in the future.
Other projects and activities
- Land purchase and reserve management, including purchase and conservation of tropical cloud forest habitat;
- Watershed protection and sustainable management involving the local community;
- Food security and sustainable development, including working with indigenous communities. In addition, AESMO have been involved with the creation of organic fertiliser from organic waste;
- Improving community living conditions by constructing better stoves and conducting baseline surveys on socioeconomics and the environment.
Awards and achievements
2000: AESMO received the Honduran Award for Conservation and Environmental Protection, awarded by the Environmental Government.
2003: During the celebration of its 30th Anniversary, CATIE publicly recognised the work it had been doing with AESMO since the early nineties.
2009: AESMO received in Chinandega, Nicaragua, the Torch Award for Environment by the IUCN - ORMA institutions in Central America. The award recognised their valuable contributions in environmental advocacy.
Executive Director: Víctor Saravia O