Background

After 10 years serving as Special Prosecutor for the Environment - from the National Prosecutor Office foundation in 1992 - Attorney Clarisa Vega decides to leave to launch an initiative from civil society to continue her efforts to conserve the environment and natural resources of Honduras .

This initiative had to complement the work of environmental organizations designed to promote research, conservation and environmental awareness; those were and are still very important work with great scientists and advocacy results.  However, there was a vacuum with respect to the legal defense of natural resources and the use of law as a tool to protect and conserve the environment, by those directly affected: the communities.

It was therefore necessary to create a space for empowerment to communities and give legal and technical support to community-based organizations to use the remedies provided by law, to enforce their rights to life, health, physical integrity, among others, included within the right to a healthy environment.  It was also needed to encourage more public interest lawyers representing these struggles.

In 2005, she finds the support of the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW) who in turn is funded by the Summit Foundation to create the Legal Strategy Group for the Mesoamerican Reef, of which are also participating the Alliance for Environmental Law & Water - ADA2 - in Guatemala and the Institute for Environmental Law and Policy of Belize (BELPO).

In January 2006, the legal status of the Institute of Environmental Law of Honduras, whose initials are IDAMHO, is recognized by the State of Honduras, by resolution number 1129-2005 which was published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Honduras on February 1st, 2006.

Since then IDAMHO is dedicated to the achievement of its objectives of defense, protection and conservation of the environment , through the publication of educational materials such as manual, brochures and newsletters , workshops on environmental law and citizen participation, complaints, demands , resources and writings of every kind, the presence in the media and other activities to promote environmental justice.

Having expanded funding sources, IDAMHO could explore other environmental struggles beyond those related to the protection of the reefs and watersheds of the Caribbean, such as citizen participation in mining projects and consultancies for the production of manuals, researches and law proposals.