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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

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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.