No. 26 See the animation, check out progress and discover mangroves
By Tiiu Miller | Newsletter No. 26 September - October 2011

  You haven't missed it - we did not do a summer newsletter (July and August). But we have been busy with

  • A trip to Cameroon to see the project (some real good work going on there). We will be telling you about that next month.
  • Seeking funding (keep your fingers crossed for us),
  • Updating the website ( ). Take a look, there's a lovely animation of how the Inga works on the home page, and a slide show on About ( Many, many thanks to Show them Pictures, ( who did the animation for us for free. Do tell us what you think of it.
  • And while you are on the website please click the Facebook Like button, if you haven't already. Show your friends the animation and slide show and ask them to ‘like' us too.
  • Further extensive work for the website is still proceeding. That takes a lot of time, so be patient if the newsletters are not as regular as we would like.
  • And yes, we did take some holiday, and had a big party to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of my husband, our treasurer and myself. We asked for donations for RFS instead of presents, which was a great way of fund raising.
  • Our chairman, Charles Barber, organised a Rainforest Rock Concert. They raised a substantial sum for Gaston Bityo's dream truck. See Many thanks to Charles and daughter Dasha who performed, and everyone else who took part. The truck fund now stands at

dream truck


Good progress, but there's still a way to go. Please donate if you can with any credit card on our website (

Mangroves are disappearing fast from tropical coastlines, which is a disaster as they are a breeding ground for fish and protect the coastline from storm damage.

Dr. Dodson (one of our partners in Honduras) is planting mangroves on the shore at FunaVid.

mangroves at FunaVid

Mangroves at FunaVid. Without proper water supply and not very healthy. The area is being restored.  Photo by Tiiu Miller 2009.


planting mangrove

Students at FunaVid planting mangrove seedlings. Photo by Dr. Dodson 2011.

mangrove seedlings

CURLA staff with mangrove seedlings planted by FunaVid. Only one of the 600 planted died. Photo by Dr. Dodson 2011.

Did you know that some mangroves have babies instead of ordinary seeds? Fascinating. See more pictures and read this month's main article at

This is by Dr. Helgi Öpik, a botanist whose previous article on micorrhyza has proved to be one of the more popular pages on our website.

The FunaVid mangrove planting is all part of creating a demonstration area of sustainability, which also includes a substantial Inga plantation being created high up the mountain, eco-tourist facilities and the teaching of sustainable farming to rural high school students.   

The teaching program is headed by Dr. Guillermo Valle. Initially senior students from two local schools were taught. But now this program is being rolled out over much of Honduras and instead of teaching the students their teachers are taught. They will pass on the knowledge to the students, allowing a much bigger out reach with greater efficiency.

Intern students at FunaVid

Internship students at work in the FunaVid nursery Photo by Dr. M.L. Dodson 2011.

About ten senior high school students have just completed a six-week internship at FunaVid. This is a new departure arising out of Dr. Valle's teaching program. It has enabled these students to be well trained in sustainable farming methods and to get to grips with the practical work. This very successful course has now finished and the students have all been given mahogany and fruit tree seedlings to plant at their own homes.

The first three school Inga plots (see will soon be planted at the three schools these students attended.  There is currently a serious shortage of Inga seed due to a disaster at CURLA but the first seeds are ripening on the Inga trees that were left to bear fruit at FunaVid. Because of changing weather patterns pod ripening is irregular. We are hopeful to have more seed soon. They need 2 to 3 months in the nursery before transplanting to the final sites at the schools.

A substantial tree nursery has been created at FunaVid.

Large tree nursery at FunaVid

Large tree nursery at FunaVid. This will ensure FunaVid will, besides other trees, produce their own plentiful supply of Inga. Photo by Dr. M.L. Dodson 2011.

for both Inga seedlings and the many other trees, such as fruit and timber trees. These are being planted along the eco-tourist trail up the mountain. In the future FunaVid will have their own Inga seed and seedling supply.

Best regards,


Tiiu-Imbi Miller, Mrs.,

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