Honduras names new Ramsar site for World Environment Day

06/06/2005

The Secretariat is very pleased to announce that the Government of Honduras has designated its sixth Wetland of International Importance, this one effective World Environment Day, 5 June. The Subcuenca del Lago de Yojoa (43,640 hectares, 14º51'N 88º00'W), in Comayagua, Cortés and Santa Bárbara departments, comprises a lake and surrounding area containing a total of 13 wetland types and unique ecosystems for Honduras, such as evergreen low mountain forest and the highest karst mountain in Central America. Among the most notable species are the endemic salamanders Dendrotriton sanctibarbarus and Nototriton barbouri, as well as the giant anteater Myrmecophaga tridactyla, all of them threatened species. Despite spreading over only 0.37% of the national territory, the site hosts 169 fern species (24.7% national total); 71 aquatic and emergent plants (86.5% national total); and 29 freshwater fish species (32.9% national total). It is also the only site in Honduras where the least bittern (Ixobrychus exilus), the osprey (Pandion haliaetus), the snail kite (Rostrhamus sociabilis), and all kingfishers have been recorded. The introduction of exotic species, deforestation and the advance of the land-and-cattle frontier are some of the most pressing problems in this site. Ramsar site No. 1467.

Subcuenca del Lago de Yojoa. 05/06/05; Comayagua, Cortés y Santa Bárbara; 43,640.5 ha; 14º 51' N 87º 79 W. Este sitio posee un total de 13 tipos de humedales y ecosistemas únicos para Honduras como el bosque siempre verde montano inferior y la montaña caliza más alta de Centroamérica. Dentro de su alta diversidad biológica a nivel de especies destacan las salamandras endémicas Dendrotriton sanctibarbarus y Nototriton barbouri, y el oso hormiguero gigante Myrmecophaga tridactyla, todos ellos amenazados. A pesar de comprender tan sólo el 0.37% del territorio nacional, alberga 169 especies de helechos (24.7% total nacional); 71 especies de plantas acuáticas y emergentes (86.5% total nacional); y 29 especies de peces de agua dulce (32.9% total nacional). Es el único lugar en Honduras donde habitan el Chirinoco (Ixobrycus exilus), el águila pescadora (Pandion haliaetus), el milano caracolero (Rostrhamus sociabilis) y todas las especies de martín pescador. La introducción de especies exóticas, deforestación y el avance de la frontera agropecuaria son algunos de los principales problemas que enfrenta este sitio. Sitio Ramsar No. 1467.

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