Capacity building for sustainable management of the Nicaraguan Pacific North region

Project dates
2004 – 2009

Funded by the Darwin Initiative


Reserva Natural Volcan Cosiguina, Estero Pardre Ramos and Reserva Natural Isla Juan Venado Purpose.

To design and implement a training programme in conservation and monitoring techniques to help assist local regional institutions and stakeholders in sustainable resource use.


Monitoring of biodiversity was achieved by vegetation plots, mist nets, pitfall traps and sweep netting. The project provided information on the biological value and conservation importance of selected forest areas to assist in the implementation of management plans. Socio-economic surveys with local communities were also conducted to assess threats to the forest. A turtle conservation project was also set up which included monitoring of turtles and their nesting sites along with regular community development workshops.


Funding by the Darwin Initiative contributed to the development of the BTEC course in conservation and management to train local nature reserve rangers. This funding also resulted in training programmes and workshops for communities in turtle hatchery management, the production of biodiversity reports and management plans for three protected areas in the Pacific North of Nicaragua.

Further Information

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