Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve in Peril
The Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve, Honduras – home to the highest level of tropical biodiversity in Central America, homeland of the Pech and Miskito Indians, and protector of hundreds of unexplored archeological sites – is in danger. Outsiders are invading the Reserve from all sides, poaching endangered wildlife and fish, slashing and burning ancient forests to sow pastures, and forcing indigenous inhabitants off their ancestral lands. Paradise in Peril follows an expedition organized to document the destruction of this UNESCO World Heritage Site and collect testimony from the native peoples who rely on the Río Plátano for survival. Fewer than 400 individuals have ever completed this strenuous expedition from the river's headwaters to the Mosquito Coast of Honduras.
Please go to http://vimeo.com/skyshipfilms/paradise-in-peril to see this short documentary. (Note: this film was shot in High Definition and should be watched on a computer with a high speed connection for best results.) You may also see a short clip on Youtube, and be sure to visit our Facebook page Friends of Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve.
Robert E. Hyman
Honduran Conservation Coalition