A Roseate spoonbill
lifts its vivid pink wings A roseate spoonbill lifts its vivid pink wings in flight from its tree branch perch on Isla Zapote in the Solentiname archipelago of Lake Nicaragua, Nicaragua. © Nestor Windevoxhel/TNC

The Nature Conservancy in Nicaragua

Nicaragua

Conservation Milestones. Learn about our conservation milestones in Nicaragua.

Bosawas program director Brady Watson at Bocay River in Nicaragua, Central America.
Coffee beans Coffee beans growing in Nicaragua. © Coffee beans growing in Nicaragua.
  •  The Conservancy began working in Nicaragua in 1993. Under the Parks in Peril Program, with the St. Louis Zoo, Ministerio del Ambiente y los Recursos Naturales (MARENA) and Secretaría Técnica de Bosawas (SETAB), we worked to improve the management of the Bosawas Biosphere Reserve – the most extensive tropical moist forest north of the Amazon.
A polka dotted, green basilisk lizard clings to a tree trunk in the Rio San Juan area of Nicaragua.
Green basilisk lizard Above, a polka dotted, green basilisk lizard clings to a tree trunk in the Rio San Juan area. © Nestor Windevoxhel/TNC
  • Around 21,000 indigenous Mayangna and Miskito people, threatened jaguars, pumas and tapirs, as well as 215 known bird species live in the Bosawas area, which is also home to commercially valuable Spanish cedar and mahogany.
August 2008. A waterfall in the Tisey-Estanzuela Natural Reserve, one of 78 reserves which are officially under protection in Nicaragua.
Tisey-Estanzuela Waterfall Above, a waterfall in the Tisey-Estanzuela Natural Reserve, one of 78 reserves which are officially under protection in Nicaragua. © Margaret Southern/TNC
  • TNC helped develop a model for state and community co-management of the Reserve’s 1.8-million-acre core and, along with The Mesoamerican Biological Corridor Project and KFW (German Cooperation), helped support the passage of the Nicaraguan indigenous territories titling law in 2003, the first of its kind in Central America.
A family of Rama natives fish with a net from their boat on the San Juan River in tropical rainforest lowlands, Nicaragua
A family of Rama natives Above, a family fishes on the San Juan River. © Nestor Windevoxhel/TNC
  • Since 2006, SETAB-MARENA have been committed to carrying out the Conservation Area Plan (CAP) for Bosawas, and the World Bank-sponsored Corazon Transboundary Biosphere Reserve Project has supported national and binational management of the area, respecting the rights of traditional populations.
  • Meanwhile, TNC has worked government agencies and local organizations of both countries (such as Pueblo Indígena Mozonte and Fundación EDUCA) to implement a bi-national strategy in Honduras and Nicaragua to halt destruction of pine-oak and dry forests. So far, protection has improved on 728,837 acres of dry forests in Nicaragua.