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Dr. Jane Goodall Offers to Join Advisory Board to Promote Restoration of Forests in Parks and Connecting Coffee Regions in Honduras

TORONTO, CANADA – Dr. Jane Goodall, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace, offers to join the Yoro Biological Corridor (YBC) Advisory Board “Comite de Gestion” in a public letter to the newly elected president of Honduras, Xiomara Castro.

With this public letter of support Dr. Jane Goodall has expressed her interest in Cafe Solar® and the Yoro Biological Corridor Initiative. The goal is to encourage the implementation of a progressive forestry law that will protect Honduran national parks and watersheds, restore forest on private lands, and integrate sustainable economic development.

Letter of Support from Dr. Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace

Dr. Jane Goodall has direct experience in coffee and connecting forest parks in Gombe, Africa through her Jane Goodall Institute, and agreed to serve as an advisor to the Yoro Biological Corridor board on May 1, 2022.

“There is no better person to become part of the oversight team, and at such a key time with the first female president of Honduras making important changes for the country right now,” says Derek Zavislake from Merchants of Green Coffee and YBC co-developer.

The Yoro Biological Corridor initiative involves many partners, all of whom are ecstatic about the news: “Adding her global weight is incredibly encouraging to everyone and we are hoping to accelerate the process in enacting the corridor through Honduras’ progressive forestry law, which has yet to be used for this purpose,” says Raul Raudales from Mesoamerican Development Institute (MDI) and YBC developer.

“Forests are critical and require people for protection …” writes Dr. Jane Goodall in her letter of support, “… Honduras’ progressive forest law is a great example of leadership for the region as a whole.”


Yoro Model: Model of producing coffee designed to restore and conserve forest on private lands (coffee farms) currently being demonstrated and refined in Yoro, Honduras. The model involves the combination of Integrated Open Canopy™ (IOC™) and the proposed scale-up Off-Grid Carbon-Neutral coffee processing in support of forest protection and restoration at a landscape level throughout the coffee regions of the Yoro Biological Corridor.

More information:

Meagan Thibeault
Communications Director, Merchants of Green Coffee

Quotes available on request from Merchants of Green Coffee, and partners listed.

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New Yoro Biological Corridor Scientist: Ana Quiñonez

Meet Ana Quiñonez and Fabiola Rodríguez 👋

These two Honduran researchers are working on their doctoral degrees, studying the impacts of Integrated Open Canopy™ coffee farming on cloud forest conservation right now.

Ana is new to the Yoro Biological Corridor team this year, and Fabiola has been conducting studies with our teams for a few years now.

You can learn more about IOC™ coffee farming by listening to Fabiola’s podcast.

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National Science Foundation Partners with Yoro Biological Corridor

Yoro Biological Corridor has received National Science Foundation (NSF) recognition & support!

As part of their ‘Growing ‘Convergence Research Project’, NSF is funding a coalition that will model the impact of Cafe Solar® clean technology & forest-restoring coffee cultivation, on watersheds, forest, and people.

The $3.4 million project includes Tulane University; the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; University of North Carolina; and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.