The people of GAIA
Vision, Mission, and Values
Conservation Science Research
Education for Sustainable Development
Conservation Science in Practice
Estación Biológica Laguna de Apoyo
Apoyo Spanish School
Managua Spanish School
Revista Estudios Ambientales
Apoyo Spanish School
Sustainable Development and Wild Nature Conservation in NICARAGUA
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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.
As part of a not-for-profit foundation, our work in sustainable development and conservation of wild natural resources in
Nicaragua depends on donations, both large and small. We actively seek partners of all kinds for our various projects. That is where you come in. Please
consider supporting GAIA through your participation in a project with us, or a financial donation of any size.
Donations can be made via paypal, using the link below. Please note to which fund you donate. We will provide an official
letter of recognition of your donation. We are a registered not-for-profit foundation in Nicaragua. GAIA supporters and donors receive a
quarterly update on our activities in digital newsletters.
1. GAIA Reforestation Fund
GAIA works with local landowners in the Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve to return to forest areas that have been cut or burned, or
grazed by animals. This process requires much
more than planting trees; it includes a long-term commitment of the landowner, cooperation of the municipal and environmental authorities, and years of
care for each planted tree to assure its protection from fires, drought, and invasive species.
2. GAIA Wild Animal Rescue Fund
The illegal traffic in wild animals in Nicaragua has virtually eliminated the wild populations of several species of animals from many forests. GAIA
rescues wild animals and when possible, returns them to the wild. We also work closely with the government in the implementation of the new
law demanding humane treatment of animals.
3. GAIA Ecology Studies Fund
GAIA studies the changes in forest structure and faunal communities over time in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve. These studies provide real-time
feedback to the civil society and government on the impacts of human activities in the different habitats found in the reserve.
4. GAIA Human Capital Fund
Donate to support Nicaraguans in training in natural resources management and sustainable development.
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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
This squirrel was rescued after surviving a fall from the nest as a baby. GAIA personnel and volunteers cared for the animal until she
returned to the wild, to build her own nest in the trees overhead. 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.