The people of GAIA
Vision, Mission, and Values
Conservation Science Research
Education for Sustainable Development
Conservation Science in Practice
Estación Biológica Laguna de Apoyo
Apoyo Spanish School
Managua Spanish School
Revista Estudios Ambientales
Seva Centers International
Laguna de Apoyo
Apoyo Birdwatching Tours
Managua Birdwatching Tours
Sustainable Development and Wild Nature Conservation in NICARAGUA
Nicaragua in the twenty-first century faces numerous challenges simultaneously: terminating the grinding poverty among
a large fraction of its population; making its natural resource base work sustainably without collapsing in the face of climate change and
imprudent use and/or contamination of the environment; globalizing proactively without becoming globalized by the new and powerful actors
entering Nicaragua from afar, with little regard to the culture and values or sustainability of structures in the country.
Sovereignty over the use and protection of natural resources in Nicaragua, is best achieved today through robust regional and international
alliances in which national interests are emphasized. All decisions regarding or affecting the natural resources of Nicaragua should include the
informed and democratic participation of all interested parties.
To promote the sustainable well-being of all Nicaraguans, guided by the following principles: emphasizing the sustainable and
equitable use of natural resources; prioritizing the protection of wild nature and the species that depend most upon it; recognizing the dignity in
all life and the processes in which each living being is found in nature; maximizing the equitable and active participation of all people in the social,
cultural, and economic processes in the country.
To promote novel and geniune educative processes for Nicaraguans and persons interested in Nicaragua.
To promote harmonious interactions with and protection of wild nature in Nicaragua through direct actions of
protection, advocacy, and the advancement of research on the environment.
To promote stronger economies in harmony with the environment through the promotion of economic activities and policies
which favor inclusion of marginalized people and groups and equitable access to economic benefits of the activities.
All Nicaraguans deserve an equitable share of the benefits of society.
Wild Nature existed abundantly in Nicaragua before the first human arrived and deserves to survive the arrival of humans.
Wild animals deserve to be born, live and die in their natural habitat, not in cages in response to the whims of humans.
The use of and policies regarding natural resources in Nicaragua should assure their sustainable use and respond to
well-developed scientific analysis and the informed and beneficial participation of all people affected.
You can help us keep nature wild in Nicaragua, by volunteering your time with us or making a small donation to support
our projects in wild nature conservation.
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Amphilophus chancho, one of the fish species endemic to
Laguna de Apoyo, discovered by scientists working in a GAIA project. This species is easily
seen while diving in Laguna de Apoyo. Photo Ad Konings.
The Gaia Program experts support wildlife studies important to the economy of Nicaragua, such as the impacts of windmills on wildlife. A major
wind farm in Rivas is located along an important bird migration corridor. Photo
Spanish classes are often held under the shade of
huge trees with monkeys looking down. Apoyo Spanish School is the oldest of the intensive Nicaragua Spanish schools,
and the only Granada Spanish School with nature all around. Photo
A tour of students of Apoyo Spanish School to
Catarina, with the lake and Granada in view. Photo Belén Camino.
San Juan de Oriente, on the edge of Apoyo crater, is the most important center of
artisan ceramic pottery in Nicaragua. The Gaia Program supports natural resource conservation in the region which is vital
to the livelihoods throughout the area. Photo Jeffrey McCrary.
Scientific SCUBA diving in Laguna de Apoyo. Gaia provides logistical and scientific support for studies of ecosystems such as
freshwater lakes and rivers, and tropical forests. We arrange, coordinate, and support internships and scientific partnerships throughout Nicaragua.
Photo Topi Lehtonen.