The forests in Nicaragua are cut down in an alarming rate. The demand for action is urgent! We support and organize several projects to protect our nature from pollution and deforestation.
“Landslides are common during the rainy season in some parts of the country affecting nearby residents and growing areas ” – Problem: deforestation, climate change
Guardians of the forest
From originally about 500,000 km2 Central American tropical dry forest only 1 to 2% are left. That is why we formed a network of rural communities in Nicaragua who work both with rural ecotourism and nature conservation.
From originally about 500,000 km2 Central American tropical dry forest only 1 to 2% are left. The results and natural consequences are immense and vary from huge dust storms to floods during rainy season and crop failures in the country side.
Environmental laws are not enough, and even in nature reserves it is very common to see environmental destruction. We formed a national network of rural communities in Nicaragua who work in cooperation with us on rural ecotourism and the protection of the environment. The people who participate in this project protect the forest in private lands (either inside or outside official stat reserves) and hence assure real efficient nature conservation in currently about 886 hectares of forest.
The reserve is considered as one of the best preserved reserves in Nicaragua. Bording to the river San Juan the reserve covers an area of 3,200 km². It is the natural habitat of macaws, parrots and tucanes and much more mammals and birds as the dangered jaguars, foxes and monkeys.
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The reserve protects 112 hectares of forest and about 120 bird species and some reptiles such as the endangered Five-keeled Spiny-tailed Iguana. The nearby Santa Rosa de Los Parrales is a friendly little community where visitors can experience farm life with local families and explore the Los Madroños reserve.
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Tisey-La Estanzuela and Garnache are 119 hectar big reserves with Pine-Oak forest, waterfalls and many animals. Both communities are a great example for sustainable development with organic agriculture, local cow and goat milk and eco tourism.
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CEN (Centro de Entendemiento con la Naturaleza) is a beautiful initiative to protect the mountain rain forest and promote alternative sustainable solutions for nature conservation. The center protects 455 hectares of forest that supply drinking water for the rural communities around.
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Salto Colocondo in San Juan de Limai
The reserve is in the middle of the northern tropical dry forest which contains many animals such as rare birds, monkeys and deer. The Colocondo community consists of about 35 families. Our current project is to build a solar panel for the primary school of the reserve to improve the education quality as well as the community activities.
Our community activities
Lack of trash systems, increasing amounts of plastic and the missing of basic nature education lead to a daily life we have to fight. You can clean the streets from trash but true change of habits can only come from understanding the future problems behind nature destruction – and that only from the middle of the communities themselves.
Nature disasters, pollution of drinking water and crop failure are results the communities have to face and should be aware of while throwing plastic in the river. As a part of the Guardians of the forest project we go in the communities, educate, discuss, do workshops, have movie nights and organize other special events. We work together and that for a long time. Change of habits are difficult and need patience. All activities we do are for everyone and for all ages.
The tasks of the communities
- Protection of the environment around the communities.
- Provide a very good service for tourists.
- Work in cooperation and collaboration between the various communities of the guardians net.
- Bring the youth of the communities closer to the topics of nature protection and eco tourism.
EcoNica is an initiative to provide information about tourist attractions in Nicaragua and sustainable ways of visiting this beautiful country. Therefore we created the EcoNica website with an impact classification system.
Establishments in private reserves
We try to teach more communities with a potential areas for forest conservation on how to become a nature reserve and on how to maintain the beauty of their environment.
Currently about 944 hectares of forest are protected by us and the local communities in Nicaragua. We try to teach more communities on how to become a nature reserve and on how to maintain the beauty of their environment.
At the moment we are helping two communities to learn how to protect their land as a nature reserve: Los Madroños and Colocondo. Both of them are in the wild north of Nicaragua with several hundred hectares of forest as well as many bird species and reptiles. We support the community families in questions such as eco-tourism, touristic activities and the maintenance of the area.
The Colocondo reserve
Las Madronos reserve
Nature information signs
Education is not limited to class rooms or excursions. Nature information signs in reserves, forests and any other nature areas help communities as well as travellers to remerber why is important the forest and its conservation.
Education is not limited to class rooms or excursions. Nature information signs in reserves, forests and any other nature areas help communities as well as travelers to remember the importance of nature and its conservation. Together with the school children we discuss the topics, paint the signs and go out to install them.