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Paso Pacifico

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Causes: Animals, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: Founded in 2005, Paso Pacífico's mission is to restore and conserve the natural ecosystems of Central America’s Pacific slope by collaborating with landowners, local communities and involved organizations to promote ecosystem conservation.

Results: Paso Pacifico envisions a Central America where well-managed conservation areas are connected by viable biological corridors that span from ridge to reef, including restored tropical dry forests and marine protected areas. Through programs informed by the most cutting-edge conservation science and implemented through close cooperation with local communities, Paso Pacifico is making leaps for ecosystem conservation. By rebuilding forests and connecting ecosystems from land to sea, we are actively combating climate change and saving wildlife, such as endangered sea turtle, spider monkey, and yellow-naped parrot species. In working towards its vision, Paso Pacifico empowers communities to develop more sustainable livelihoods in eco-tourism, fishing, agriculture, and natural resource management; advances women and children as environmental leaders; and develops strong, collaborative relationships with private landowners and the private sector. With our holistic, forward-thinking approach, Paso Pacifico is making connections for conservation.

Target demographics: conserve and restore natural ecosystems

Direct beneficiaries per year: planted 250,000 native trees and will sequester 150,000 tons of carbon over the next 40 years

Geographic areas served: Nicaragua

Programs: environmental education, endangered species monitoring and research, forest restoration & reforestation, private land conservation, and community outreach. Conserve Coastal & Marine Ecosystems Strengthen Communities Save Wildlife Reforestation & Restoration Coastal Conservation Private Reserves Climate Change Mitigation

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Rating: 5

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.

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