Jungles & Rainforests in Honduras
Jungles & rainforests in Honduras cover overall 4,648,000 hectares area which is around 41.5% of the total land area of the country. Primary forests in Honduras cover around 1,512,000 hectares area which becomes nearly 32.5% of overall forests area. The country faces an annual change in their forest cover area around 156,400 hectares and it’s due to deforestation. Therefore, deforestation rate in Honduras becomes around 3.1% on yearly basis.
A total of 2,737,000 hectares area of jungles & rainforests in Honduras has vanished from the maps since 1990 only because of deforestation. 75% of the total forests area in country is known as public property (owned by government) and rest 25% is privately owned and managed. The stats show that nearly 55,000 hectares area of jungles in Honduras gets affected by fire annually. IUCN red list claims that there’re around 400 native tree species in these forests. 43 are critically endangered, 38 are classified as endangered and 30 as vulnerable.
There’s no doubt that Honduras has become the greatest sufferer of forest cover loss over the past generation in Latin America. The country faced significantly higher rate of deforestation between 1990 and 2005. The stats show that Honduras deforestation rate has increased by 9% since 2005. Actually poverty is the main reason behind deforestation in Honduras. This country is classified among poorest countries of the region. Nearly 85% of the timber production in Honduras is recognized as purely illegal.
The jungles & rainforests in Honduras have varied ecosystems. There’re around 700 species of native and non-native birds including the Harpy eagle. The rainforests of Honduras have a lot rare mammals, such as giant anteaters, ocelots, pumas, jaguars, mantled howler monkeys and tapir. It’s said that the vastest territory of cloud forest of the region is found in Honduras and the country also has largest primary forest covered area in the region. Cero Azul is recognized as most difficult cloud forest to access in the country.