My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Paso Pacifico, Ventura, CA, USA
I became aware of Paso Pacifico's conservation work in Central America over a decade ago, in part because my research interests in tropical dry forest (TDF) ecology overlapped with their ongoing initiatives. While many nonprofit organizations are organized and working in well-trodden tourist destinations of the region like Costa Rica, Paso Pacifico has chosen to focus the bulk of their conservations efforts in two countries that are sometimes overlooked by the international NGOs: Nicaragua and El Salvador. They've also chosen to focus on the relatively more endangered tropial deciduous forests of the Pacific slope of Central America, rather than lowland tropical rain forests.
I joined the Paso Pacifico board in early 2020 and have been thoroughly impressed by their professionalism, as well as the breadth and depth of their projects. Whether they are working on overall habitat connectivity or on preserving specific endangered species, they always use the best science to guide their objectives. There is a clear focus on bringing local stakeholders together with research scientists on the ground to jointly develop viable conservation plans that also consider rural livelihoods. My overall impression is that Paso Pacifico is a model of how international conservation nonprofits can help to protect and improve the global environmental commons while simultaneously empowering local communities to reinforce and build their own prospects for sustainability (social, economic, environmental).