Sustainable Development and Wild Nature Conservation in NICARAGUA
Be an Eco-Warrior conservation volunteer with the GAIA Program at Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve
in Nicaragua. Special discounts for volunteering in 2017.
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Among the greatest achievements for any person or institution would be to leave a lasting, positive impact on the
environment. Nicaragua needs many environmental heroes. So many challenges are facing the country, and so few resources exist to make sure
that things be done "right".
Conservation of wild nature and wild animals should be as scientifically based as possible, but there are
many activities that anyone can do, not just biodiversity specialists. GAIA considers that it is the duty of each person to
learn about the environment and to participate in the dialogues and in the activities to protect wild nature in Nicaragua and
to promote sustainably profitable activities which involve natural resource use. Our work in protecting wild nature in Nicaragua
goes far beyond waving a banner. We rescue, care for, and liberate wild animals; plant and husband trees to mature age;
interact with the government and civil society on numerous levels as a responsible, accountable partner in developing and executing conservation
policies. The following is a list of the projects
in which GAIA has made a contribution to Nicaragua's environment.
You can help us keep nature wild in Nicaragua, by volunteering your time with us or making a small donation to support
our projects in wild nature conservation.
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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.
The Gaia Program experts support wildlife studies important to the economy of Nicaragua, such as the impacts of windmills on wildlife. A major
wind farm in Rivas is located along an important bird migration corridor. Photo
Spanish classes are often held under the shade of
huge trees with monkeys looking down. Apoyo Spanish School is the oldest of the intensive Nicaragua Spanish schools. 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. The Gaia Program can provide logistical and scientific support for studies of ecosystems such as
freshwater lakes and rivers, and tropical forests. We arrange, coordinate, and support internships and scientific partnerships throughout Nicaragua.
Photo Topi Lehtonen.