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PASO PACIFICO
September 11, 2012

I am a retired employee of the US National Park Service. I have had extensive experience in Latin America as a conservation consultant. Paso Pacifico is the most grass-roots organization with which I have ever worked. All the work it does in the fields listed above is almost exclusively done by Nicaraguans in Nicaragua. I worked on training their rangers who were selected from communities near beaches where marine turtles annually come to nest. These rangers have revolutionized the villagers' attitudes toward turtle egg poaching. On one beach, for 25 years, no baby turtles crawled to the sea. All the eggs were dug up and sold. Last year, due to the ranger's protection and their educational efforts in the community, thousands of turtles made it back to the Pacific Ocean. These rangers have becone leaders in their communities, demonstrating that the sustainable use of resources is a viable way to feed, clothe and educate their children. Paso Pacfico's work in all areas of conservation is ourstanding.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Nicagragua where I went to train the rangers and work with the Nicaraguan staff.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would make the website bilingual.

More feedback

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you learn about this organization?

Through a board member.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Protection of the southwestern slope of Nicaraguua.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Make sustainable living in Nicaragua a reality.

MY ROLE:
Advisor & I am a retired US National Park Service employee.

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