While conducting a review of a tourism best practices initiative and assisting local, North Coast SMEs, with competitiveness for Project MIRA of USAID Honduras, EplerWood International discovered that a large-scale coastal development project in Tela, funded by development agencies and the national government, had not included a full coastal impact analysis from the airport to the new development area, leaving communities, parks, and small businesses at substantial risk.

EplerWood International’s report included urgent recommendations to the Honduran government for immediate assistance to communities and small businesses in the affected zone. A center for micro and small business competitiveness was recommended to provide local entrepreneurs the skills they would need to compete with in-coming well financed tourism development players. The Honduran government endorsed these recommendations.