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
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
Reforestation & Restoration
Climate Change Mitigation
Paso Pacifico does amazing work to help wildlife and local communities in Nicaragua. I had the opportunity to visit and see first hand some of the animals that are being helped and the wonderful people of the communities who work to make it possible. We met Junior Rangers, Turtle Rangers, Women Oyster Farmers, people who work w/ Monkeys and Parrots and Landowners, all of whom were so proud to show us what they do to help the environment. Founder and Executive Director, Sarah Otterstrom and her team are the best...Conservationists who work tirelessly and care so deeply for this important mission in this critical area of need, bringing such pride to the people who live here.