PBI-Honduras accompanies CNTC on investigation of landing strip in the Montecillos biological reserve
On September 18, the Peace Brigades International-Honduras Project posted, “In August, PBI-Honduras Project accompanied the CNTC La Paz in an investigation of possible damages in the Montecillos biological reserve…”
It adds, “Besides being a natural park it is the source of water for most of the municipality. At the top of the mountain, members of the Indigenous Council of La Paz took advantage of the presence of more than 150 local people to have an assembly.”
On August 28, Critero.hn reported, “Media from the department of La Paz reported this week about the discovery of a clandestine landing strip in the Montecillos mountain range, the digital newspaper Conexhion.hn reported.”
“The discovery came after about 300 members of peasant organizations, indigenous councils, patrons and water boards of the department of La Paz, made a walk to verify the existence of an airstrip in the upper part of the protected area.”
“The indigenous Lenca residents indicated that they found an airstrip with a metal base, conducive to the landing of a helicopter and expressed their concern about not knowing what the purpose of that infrastructure is.”
“The verification walk ended with a meeting of the participating organizations, committing to continue monitoring this area due to the importance of natural resources and the births of water sources that supply several municipalities in the department of La Paz.”
Andrés Domínguez, a human rights defender with the CNTC, is quoted in the article expressing his concerns about the landing strip.
PBI-Honduras has previously noted, “The CNTC, created in 1985, is a small-scale farming and trade union organisation, which fights for the distribution of land. It is affiliated to the Unitary Confederation of Honduran Workers (Confederación Unitaria de Trabajadores de Honduras – CUTH) and is part of the Vía Campesina.”
“Its aim is to support affiliated small-scale farming families so that they have access to land and resources and can carry out productive agricultural, fishing, forestry and agro-industrial activities, contributing to their social and economic development.”
PBI-Honduras has accompanied the CNTC since May 2018.