On May 31, PBI-Honduras tweeted:
“#PBI accompanies @CEHPRODEC at an open town hall of San Esteban (Olancho) where the municipality declared itself free of open-pit mining. We highlight the importance of ensuring effective participation of communities in decision-making that affect their territory. #Human rights.”
Impakter has reported: “According to the Social Forum on Foreign Debt and Development of Honduras, FOSDEH, there are currently 217 mining concessions and reserves in Honduras covering 324,981 acres. In 2020, roughly 130 of these mine sites reside on indigenous land, more than half of all mining concessions in Honduras.”
On February 28, Reuters reported: “Environmental permits for Honduran metal and non-metal mining will be cancelled, the country’s government said in a brief statement on Monday, describing the industry as harmful and declaring it will specifically prohibit open-pit mining.”
A few days later, on March 4, the news service added: “The Honduran government’s recent push to sharply restrict mining will not apply to existing projects, the country’s environment and mining minister said on Friday, days after the ministry declared the industry harmful and pledged to cancel permits.”
PBI-Honduras has accompanied CEHPRODEC since May 2014.