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Sustainable Development and Wild Nature Conservation in NICARAGUA


The GAIA program at FUNDECI is active throughout Nicaragua. We work side by side with the local and central governments and civil society groups in several areas: biodiversity monitoring and research, natural area conservation, rural and urban environmental conservation and sustainable development.

GAIA is about the environment, wild nature, and sustainable socio-economic development, especially in rural areas. GAIA is about science in the public interest. At the bottom line, GAIA is about people, the Nicaraguan people, with whom we live and work, with whom we share our destiny. Would you like to join us? Please contact us by email, or by telephone 011-505-8882-3992.

The people of GAIA are our workers, our colleagues, our neighbors; they are the Nicaraguan people, living in sometimes difficult circumstances and needing more than we can provide; they are our visitors, those who come, who write or call, who want to know more about what we do; they are the folks throughout Nicaragua who march along with us, in moments of tree planting, of caring for the wildlife of this precious country; of volunteering to spend their time to pick up trash, help us count birds and fish; of folks making small donations to feed wild animals in rehabilitation.

The people of GAIA are our Eco-Warriors, our associates, our friends, and our donors. Can you volunteer your time or make a small donation to help us continue to serve the environment in Nicaragua? Please help us make Nicaragua a better place for all people and nature.

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Volunteers are among the most important people at GAIA. Be one. Help save the planet, one tree at a time. Photo Pablo Somarriba.


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Pablo Somarriba is a skilled botanist and ornithologist, as well as administrator of Estación Biológica in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve. Photo Jen Moran.


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Spanish teachers are vital components of our educational program in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve. Photo Jeffrey McCrary.


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A visit to Estación Biológica in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve means enjoyment of the home-style meals cooked with care from all-natural ingredients by Mileidy Sánchez. Photo Jen Moran.



Élmer Nicaragua (right) is a skilled technician who handles birds and bats and manages our tree nursery. He is accompanied by his son, Élmercito (front), and our volunteer Florian Schmid (left). Photo Silvia Machgeels.



GAIA volunteer Jen Moran and Spanish teacher Adriana Meneses enjoy a break during Spanish classes. Photo Jen Moran.



Héctor Martínez Sotelo specializes in forestry management and urban greenspace management. Photo Jeffrey McCrary.



Rebecca Hagman heads the Seva Centers International Yoga and Thai Massage studio in León. We welcome Rebecca to the Gaia community. Photo Rebecca Hagman.



Being good to the environment many times means rescuing wild animals. GAIA Program Director Jeffrey McCrary admires a rapidly healing variegated squirrel that was severely injured by illegal poachers. Photo Anne Sutton.