Honduras, the second-largest country in Central America, is mountainous and geologically diverse. Although a traditional industry, mining is significantly underdeveloped and accounts for just 2% of GNP. There are hopes that the political stability enjoyed since 1978, will encourage mineral exploration and development; the country is thought to host numerous precious and base metal deposits including gold, silver, copper, lead, zinc, iron ore, and antimony. The issue of conflict between mining companies and local communities is raised, and a statement on mining legislation is included in this note, together with a short list of companies registering an interest or undertaking operations in Honduras.
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Anon. Gold mining in Honduras. TI-UP Resource Centre, London, UK (2007) 4 pp.