PANACAM – Cerro Azul Meambar National park

(Meambar Blue Mountain National Park) Eco-Tourism and the Participatory Protection of Natural Resources.

PAG continues to manage and develop the Cerro Azul Meámbar National Park (PANACAM), which was established in 1987 and given to PAG to manage since 1992, it’s been more than 20 years now! The park covers 312 square kilometers of land extending from 415 to 2,000 meters above sea level. The area is home to a great biodiversity of flora and fauna species due to its unique ranges of elevation.

PAG’s main development objective is to protect and manage the sustainable growth and protection of the park by implementing a management plan that includes the active participation of the municipalities and communities in the target region.

The key to park protection is to instill a conservation mentality with the adjoining community populations, and empower them to be able to co-habitat socially and economically without destroying their natural resources as the park provides an enormous amount of pure water to over 70 communities.

PAG also runs the PANACAM Lodge which consists of cabin accommodations within the mountains designed to satisfy the thirst of nature lovers. With the natural environment of park, PANCAM Lodge is the perfect place to rest, be in close encounters with nature, observe exotic birds from your bedroom window, take a hike on some of the 12 kilometers of park trails and enjoy the majestic landscapes and waterfalls.

The income received from PANACAM Lodge activities cover the salaries of park guards, fire protection, reforestation and continuous repairs to park roads.

In June of 2009 Proyecto Aldea Global was awarded the highest annual environmental award in Honduras. This award was achieved for excellence in protecting the natural resources in the Cerro Azul National Park.