World Rainforest Movement

Honduras: 2015 Goldman Prize awarded to Berta Caceres

PeA_Berta_thIn a country with growing socioeconomic inequality and human rights violations, Berta Cáceres played a key role in the struggle of the indigenous lenca peoples of Honduras against the construction of a mega-dam that would destroy the Rio Blanco. She undertook a grassroots campaign with the local communities and led a protest where people peacefully demanded their rightful say in the project. Against all odds, Cáceres and the lenca communities’ efforts successfully kept construction equipment out of the proposed dam site. Despite the risks and constant death threats, Cáceres maintains a public presence in order to continue her work. She hopes the victory in the defence of Rio Blanco will bring hope to activists fighting irresponsible development in Honduras and throughout Latin America.