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  • Platano : Réserve de la Biosphère de Rio Platano, forêt, rivière

Honduras has been a Member State of UNESCO since December 16, 1947. The country is covered by the UNESCO Office in San José, Costa Rica.

Between 1990 and 2000, Honduras boosted its adult literacy rate from 68.1 percent to 80 percent.

In October 2007, UNESCO and Honduras launched a project on youth development and capacity-building in education in Tegucigalpa. Youth and community cultural expression, risk management, conflict resolution strategies and micro-entrepreneurship are features of the initiative.

Honduras is involved in various projects concerning biodiversity and conservation, sustainable development of coastal areas, alternative energies and natural disaster reduction. The José Cecilio del Valle Solar Village, in Choluteca, was the first of its kind in Latin America. It was created within the framework of UNESCO's assistance to Central American countries affected by hurricane Mitch (1998).

The country’s Rio Plátano Biosphere Reserve, also a World Heritage site, is one of the largest and most diverse humid tropical forests in Mesoamerica. Honduras also possesses another World Heritage property, the ruins of Copán, one of the most important sites of the Mayan civilization discovered in 1570 by Diego García de Palacio.

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