Natural Reserve

EFS Fishing Arts Vocational Course Sparks Business Interest Among Caribbean Coast Youth

September 30, twelve youth attending FADCANIC and USAID´s Education for Success (EFS) Fishing Arts Vocational Course in Bluefields will be completing the month-long technical part of their training to move on, October 3, to a week-long entrepreneurship workshop by which the program hopes to induce at least half these youth to the notion that producing traditional fishing gear is a profitable business they are perfectly capable of getting into.

Save Nicaraguan Baby Tapirs from Becoming Somebody’s Pet

Known as ‘mountain cows’ on Caribbean Nicaragua, Baird’s Tapirs (Tapirus bairdii) are the largest land animal from Mexico to northern South America. Tapirs are herbivores. They weigh an average 600 pounds as adults and until very recently were thought to be extinct on the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua.

However, research by Gerald Urquhart and Christopher Jordan of Michigan State University and Kirkman Roe Hulse of URACCAN University has revealed that there is a small but thriving population of Baird's Tapirs in our region.

FADCANIC’s Kahka Creek Nature Reserve in Wawashang is one of the key focal areas where this research is being done using camera traps to take photos of animals in the wild and so last year the Reserve joined hands with Christopher Jordan and the Foundation Friends of Nicaraguan National Zoo to establish a rescue center for tapirs recovered from the illegal trade of baby tapirs as pets which is a serious threat to wild tapirs in the country.

In March this year, the Nicaraguan Army confiscated and handed over the first juvenile tapir to the care of the Kahka Creek community forest rangers. Over the past months, Batata, as the young tapir was named, has recovered quite nicely from the malnourished and parasite-infestation state with which she first arrived in Kahka Creek.

But now she is also getting to the age where she needs more space to roam while still being protected from predators and hunters. So Chris Jordan and other conservationists collaborating with the tapir protection project launched a drive this September to raise funds to build an enclosure on Kahka Creek where Batata can live her life in safety with other tapirs that will be brought over from the National Zoo. The zoo is located near Managua and it doesn’t really offer the best habitat for mountain cows.

The fundraising campaign is seeking $10,000 to buy enough fencing materials and pay local carpenters to build the enclosure and officially open the rescue center. The campaign is running online on Indiegogo where you can contribute anywhere from $5 to $3,000 dollars for perks ranging from getting photo updates of tapirs at the shelter to private tours to Kahka Creek Reserve and the National Zoo, as well as the privilege of naming a rescued, newborn or GPS-collared tapir that is part of the ongoing research on tapirs in the wild.

This research, by the way, has an educational component which includes developing a storybook, memory cards, a trivia game, general information fact sheets about tapirs and teacher training on how to use these resources with their students.

Among the contribution options perks, you may also choose to have a backpack with the logo of the Tapir Rescue Center donated in your name to an impoverished elementary school student living in Wawashang Reserve. Follow this link to get more details about the campaign and donate. Also do help us spread the word so that we can keep adding to the over $3,000 raised so far. This campaign will receive all funds raised by November 15, 2013 even if it does not reach its goal of US$10,000.

Indigenous Art Youth Workshop

America/El Salvador

Finn artist Alison Wicklund is facilitating a three-week Indigenous Youth Workshop Using Art, Film, and Puppets at the Center for Environment and Agroforestry Education in Wawashang.

Prácticas de Julia Rerolle en Kahka Creek

Julia Rerolle estudia manejo de bosques tropicales en Agrocampus Ouest ―Instituto Superior de Ciencias Agronómicas, Agroalimentarias, Hortícolas y del Paisaje― en Francia. Para adquirir experiencia práctica en el manejo sostenible de un bosque trópico húmedo, este febrero pasado Rerolle llegó a la Reserva Natural de Kahka Creek de FADCANIC en el municipio de Laguna de Perlas.

Overview of FADCANIC´s Works on Radio La Primerisima

Over the weekend of January 7 and 8, national radio station La Primerísima broadcast a series of three reports on the various ways in which the Foundation for the Autonomy and Development of the Atlantic Coast is helping coastal families in the South Atlantic Autonomous Region attain a better quality of life and improve their prospects for more sustainable and environmentally harmonious livelihoods.

Sendero del Tigre

 Animales Silvestres en Kahka Creek

Video de fauna en peligro de extinción filmados en la Reserva Natural de Kahka Creek, con trampas-cámara de la Universidad Estatal de Michigan. Las imágenes incluyen el puma de montaña. la guatusa y el oso hormiguero conocido también como el Perico Ligero.


TV Miniseries on Efficient and Affordable Use of Plant-Based Energy Sources

America/El Salvador

July 1 through 3, a production team from Albatros Media Foundation will be touring locations in the Pearl Lagoon Basin where FADCANIC’s Innovation Program and PASCA Project are operational. The crew is to film footage and interview local farmers for an episode of the television miniseries that Albatros Media is devoting to the artisanal production of clean energy in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Wawashang Agroforestry Center Opens New Water Purification Plant

A water purification plant was inaugurated last February 4, at FADCANIC´s Agroforestry Center on the Wawashang River. The plant will serve to provide safe and tasty drinking water to the students, staff and visitors of the Wawashang Center, the Kahka Creek Reserve and other FADCANIC offices in the South Atlantic Autonomous Region.

To aid the plant´s sustainability, the purified water will be sold in the Municipality of Pearl Lagoon. The precious liquid is also destined as a key staple for future projects for processing fruit concentrates and juices.

First Workshop on REDD Approaches

America/El Salvador

The First Workshop on Approaches to the Reduction of Emissions by Degradation and Deforestation (REDD) will be held February 1 and 2, 2011 in Pearl Lagoon. Some 50 participants are expected, among agricultural producers, community leaders and environmental experts.

The workshop is organized by the Environmental Agenda Program of the FADCANIC – ADDAC – Norway Program for Innovations in the Model of Sustainable Local Development with Equity Based on Wet Tropics Agroforestry Systems in Nicaragua.