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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.

Saving the forest, one tree at a time

Support us in the rights of wild animals.

FUNDECI participates in the struggle for environmental justice at Big Cola.

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.

Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve Management Plan

Chiltepe Peninsula Nature Reserve Management Plan

Reforestation and Environmental Action in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve

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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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Dive Laguna de Apoyo

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.


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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 Pablo Somarriba.


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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 Jeffrey McCrary.


Apoyo Spanish School

A tour of students of Apoyo Spanish School to Catarina, with the lake and Granada in view. Photo Belén Camino.


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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.


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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.