La vigencia de la autonomía

El régimen autonómico nicaragüense para los pueblos indígenas y comunidades étnicas ha cumplido 26 años desde su aprobación y 23 desde su implementación con las primeras autoridades autónomas electas en 1990. Desde entonces es indudable que se han dado pasos importantes para su desarrollo y consolidación.

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.

EFS Baseline Study: Youth in the South Caribbean Nicaragua Dream of a better future

In spite of adversities, Caribbean Nicaragua children and youth dream of improving their personal living conditions as well as bettering the situation of their families and communities.

In a recent survey of 400 young people at risk, FADCANIC found that 91.1 % have thought of someday becoming a professional or have already made a plan to achieve this goal in the future. Among survey respondents 66.5 % has imagined or have made plans to have their own business.