AffiliationOffice of Arid Lands Studies, University of Arizona
KeywordsEnvironmental protection -- Honduras
Natural resources -- Honduras
Environmental degradation -- Honduras
Land use -- Environmental aspects -- Honduras
MetadataShow full item record
DescriptionPrepared by James Silliman, Peter Hazelwood, Arid Lands Information Center.
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Angling for Inclusion: Marine Conservation, Livelihoods, Local Knowledge, and Tourism on Utila, HondurasOglesby, Elizabeth; Davis, Brittany Y.; Oglesby, Elizabeth; Bailey, Keiron; Wilder, Margaret; Robbins, Paul (The University of Arizona., 2014)Over the past two decades, developing countries have recognized the economic value of attractive marine resources and the need to actively protect these resources. Many of these conservation projects rely on limiting extractive activities to protect habitats, which restricts local livelihoods, and promoting marine resource-based tourism to provide financing for conservation. Using a political ecology framework, this dissertation investigates two connected aspects of tourism and conservation: tourists' seafood consumption and the Go Blue Central America, a geotourism project initiated by National Geographic. It also explains the value of considering the local environmental knowledge of a diverse group of resource users, with a specific focus on professional scuba divers. Given the importance of scuba diving as an activity and tourism attractor on Utila, professional scuba divers on the island are well-positioned to serve as a source of environmental knowledge data on Utila's dive sites, including on their condition, species sightings, and changes over time. This knowledge is not without its problems as it may lead to conceptions of local participation that fail to include those actually from the community of concern. Thus, this dissertation calls attention to the possibilities of using divers' environmental knowledge in conservation and environmental management while also remaining attuned to the potential complications that may arise from doing so. Ultimately, this dissertation calls for the development of additional tourism alternatives and more comprehensive tourism planning and management which includes the potential for damage done by nonextractive resource users. For Utila, this will entail altering existing business practices to increase local ownership, shifting away from backpacker and budget oriented tourism toward a more expensive product, and involving more of the local community in the decision-making processes which affect tourism and the environment.
Fueling the Appetite for Water: The Palm Oil Biofuel Industry in San Pedro Sula, HondurasWhiteford, Scott; Bloxom, Jennifer Michelle; Whiteford, Scott; Scott, Christopher; Vasquez-Leon, Marcela (The University of Arizona., 2009)The world desperately seeks alternative fuels to eradicate its reliance upon unsustainable oil extraction; however, emerging biofuel technology is contingent on a more precious natural resource: water. Essential in all stages of biofuel production, including growing, processing, and refining oil feedstocks, water still represents a vital necessity for the surrounding population. This research assesses the immediate and long-term impacts of the expanding palm oil biodiesel industry on local water availability and privatized water management in San Pedro Sula, Honduras and the surrounding Sula Valley. Analyzing regional changes in water accessibility and quality caused by the palm oil commerce, the report also explores the reasons behind the impending water scarcity in San Pedo Sula. Finally, the study examines the potential consequences of these transforming water realities on future water provision as well as possible service adaptations required of the privatized company.
An analysis of a rainfall frequency formula as applied to HondurasVogler, Kenneth John.; Thames, John L.; Ffolliott, Peter F.; Rasmussen, William (The University of Arizona., 1980)A precipitation formula for estimating rainfall frequency-duration values from monthly rainfall data in Honduras is compared with frequency-duration values approximated by the Gumbel method. The precipitation formula is empirically developed from rainfall data collected in Central America and from intensities found in a rainfall frequency atlas for the United States. Data from thirty-six precipitation stations scattered throughout Honduras are used in the comparison and the precipitation formula is modified for Honduras conditions. A computer program is developed to make the calculations. The percentage differences between formula derived and Gumbel derived intensities are exponentially distributed. The exponential distribution is used to quantify the differences between the two methods for estimating rainfall intensity. It is concluded that the precipitation formula is useful for determining rainfall frequency-duration values especially in areas where very little precipitation data is available.