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Ophelia W.

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Review for Paso Pacifico, Ventura, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I admire Paso Pacifico's effort to engage community members, Nicaraguan staff, students and biologists, as well as international collaborators to conduct local-regional level biodiversity conservation work very much. After doing ecological research in Latin America for years, I have come to the realization that action-oriented conservation that involves participatory mapping/research is badly needed. Paso Pacifico is an excellent example of how citizen science in conservation is applied in the real-world problem-solving contexts.

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

Nicaragua where I lead the ground data collection work and coordinated with the Nicaraguan staff both in the field and in the office.

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

I suggest to allocate resources from volunteers and interns to leverage communication tools for social media outreach.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What is unique about this organization?

Paco Pacifico provides a very unique model as a women-founded and women-run grass-roots biodiversity conservation NGO in Central America, where traditionally this kind of office and fieldwork is managed and operated by men. It provides intelligent and hard-working women in Nicaragua a great opportunity to participate in conservation.

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & I initiated a collaborative research program to engage university faculty, graduate students, and volunteers for field-based and geospatial data-based work effort to develop regional reforestation and conservation planning recommendations.