Conservation Science in Practice-Nicaragua
Chiltepe Peninsula Nature Reserve Management Plan
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The Chiltepe Peninsula Nature Reserve was created as an official
protected area in 1991. The Danish governmental cooperation agency, DANIDA, financed the development of the first management plan
for this reserve, which encompassed two volcanic crater lakes and volcanic slopes in the Chiltepe Peninsula, just north of Managua.
GAIA was contracted to provide a scientific justification for the protection of the area, for which a support document on Xiloá
and Apoyeque, the two volcanic crater lakes, and the terrestrial habitat of the area, was presented.
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Amphilophus chancho, one of the fish species endemic to
Laguna de Apoyo, discovered by scientists working in a GAIA project. This species is easily
seen while diving in Laguna de Apoyo. Photo Ad Konings.
Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve is dominated by the lake and the heavily forested crater interior, which is threatened by
deforestation for construction of buildings. Photo Jeffrey McCrary.
Field studies in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve have been performed on numerous fauna groups. Photo
A tour of students of Apoyo Spanish School to
Catarina, with the lake and Granada in view. Photo Belén Camino.
San Juan de Oriente, on the edge of Apoyo crater, is the most important center of
artisan ceramic pottery in Nicaragua. The Gaia Program supports natural resource conservation in the region which is vital
to the livelihoods throughout the area. Photo Jeffrey McCrary.
Scientific SCUBA diving in Laguna de Apoyo. Scientific study of the fishes of Laguna de Apoyo is vital to their continued survival.
Photo Topi Lehtonen.
Terrestrial fauna of Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve is at risk, due to urbanistic development inside the reserve. Photo Lewis Honor.