Friday, December 7, 2012

Benjamin Rance in Honduras: A project defense

Benjamin Rance in a classroom in Honduras.

The Effectiveness of Honduran Protected Area Management Plans to Provide Benefits for Local Communities

Benjamin Rance, a student in the Peace Corps Master's International Program, has returned from Honduras and will share his experiences there and provide a defense of his study project. Rance served as a Peace Corps volunteer from 2010 to 2012, working in the protected areas management program. He was first assigned to a small rural village, La Jagua, located in the buffer zone of the Sierra de Agalta National Park in Eastern Honduras, and later moved to another rural village, El Dorado, in the buffer zone of the Santa Barbara Mountain National Park in Central Honduras. Rance's study evaluates the effectiveness of the parks' management plans to provide four specific benefits to these communities, based on the opinions and observations of the local peoples:

  • local community involvement
  • biodiversity conservation
  • environmental education
  • access to resources

Rance said, "I spent my time living and working with local Honduran residents and gained in-depth knowledge of local customs, practices, and cultures, while participating in cross-cultural interaction on a daily basis."

Rance will give his presentation Monday, Dec. 10 at 9 a.m. in IARC 401. For more information, call 474-7188.

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