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EVERY DAY, nearly 200 hectares (495 acres) of Nicaraguan rainforest are being destroyed, along with the plants, animals, and insects that depend on its vital ecosystems. 285,000 hectares (704,000 acres) of tropical rainforest were devastated by Hurricane Felix in 2007. At the present rate, the Nicaraguan rainforest will become the largest desert area in Central America by 2050. Change in forest cover between 1983 and 2000 Click image to enlarge Nicaragua (click link for map) is the second poorest country in the western hemisphere (next to Haiti). Environmental issues and the destruction of the rainforest are inconsequential to the indigenous... Continue reading
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BACK TO WHERE YOU WERE Click any tree to enlarge and then use arrow keys for next and previous or navigate bottom right or click play for slide show - then click anywhere to return here Seeds being planted First Set Spanish Cedar is neither Spanish nor a cedar! It... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2010 at Tree Gallery
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EVERY DAY, nearly 200 hectares (495 acres) of Nicaraguan rainforest are being destroyed, along with the plants, animals, and insects that depend on its vital ecosystems. 285,000 hectares (704,000 acres) of tropical rainforest were devastated by Hurricane Felix in 2007. At the present rate, the Nicaraguan rainforest will become the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2010 at CSS Problem
Posted Jun 22, 2010 at Test
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Caribbean Pine (Pinus caribaea) occurs naturally in eastern Central America, Cuba and the Bahama Islands. It is planted throughout the tropics, including many countries of tropical Africa, and in Australia and New Zealand. It can grow to 30 metres or more. It is one of the most common trees planted... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2010 at Caribbean Pine
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Spanish Cedar (Cedrela odorata) is neither Spanish or a cedar! It is also known as Cedro Real. This species is listed in the ICUN Red Book as vulnerable, with large individuals being scarce. It is the traditional wood used for making cigar boxes. It is also used for light construction,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2010 at Spanish Cedar
Trees are the key to everything we are trying to achieve. Our next step is to establish our first nursery within the Wasa King Community in the RAAN where we will start by sowing and germinating 4 million seeds. This part of Nicaragua has an ideal climate for growing saplings... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2010 at Nursery
The trees that are to be propagated need to restore the ecosystems that have been destroyed. For our first nursery, 5 species of tree have been selected some of which are currently facing extinction in the RAAN. These trees have been chosen by our experts as being both practical to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2010 at Trees being grown
Carbon credit is a generic term meaning that a value has been assigned to a reduction or offset of greenhouse gas emissions. Carbon credits and markets are key components of national and international attempts to mitigate the growth in concentrations of greenhouse gases. Carbon credits were one of the outcomes... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2010 at Carbon Credits
This clip shows the stunning dawn on the Rio Waskup in the RAAN. Going west from Esperanza on the Rio Coco, our adventurous team headed south down the Rio Waskup until reaching the waterfall at Yahuk where they pitched camp. The voice of Vernon is heard as he reflects aloud over some of the trials and tribulations of the area. Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2010 at VIDEO DIARY
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The Prinzapolka municipality is one of the areas whose ecological balance has been most adversely affected in the RAAN. Click on map for larger image During the twentieth century this was the result of mining and the extraction of targeted species of high commercial value (mainly mahogany and cedar). Deforestation... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2010 at Ecology
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We have been very fortunate in meeting, and getting to know, many of the leaders in the RAAN. As a result of this contact with the indigenous communities we have realized that when they need assistance, they cannot just go to the capital in Managua and expect help. Sadly, the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2010 at Why they need us
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In November 2008 we arrived in Nicaragua – an exceptionally beautiful Country with wonderful people – and immediately set about progressing this project which had been initially formulated during the preceeding months in England with great and vital assistance from colleagues both here in Nicaragua and in the USA. Shortly... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2010 at What we have achieved
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Our plan falls into three distinct areas: Securing the land for posterity Reforestation of 50,000 hectares (120,000 acres) Trading the resultant carbon credits SECURING THE LAND FOR POSTERITY Each acre of tropical rainforest has its own unique personality, and sustains many species of wildlife that work in unison with their... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2010 at Our Plan
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There are many reasons for us to implement this project, some of which are as follows: The Prinzapolka autonomous region of the Atlantic suffers the loss though the exploitation of forest resources of about 25,000 hectares (60,000 acres) of forest every year. (Click above link to see a map. Prinzapolka... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2010 at Project Justification
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In November 2008 we arrived in Nicaragua – an exceptionally beautiful Country with wonderful people – and immediately set about progressing this project which had been initially formulated during the preceeding months in England with great and vital assistance from colleagues both here in Nicaragua and in the USA. Shortly... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2010 at Project Description
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It is our intention to elevate the economy within the RAAN region, and extend additional tangible employment opportunities to the indigenous population by continuing to hire experienced and trusted local management, and by encouraging members of the local community to fill other varied labour positions within the scope of our... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2010 at Mission Statement
An endangered species is a population of organisms which is at risk of becoming extinct because it is either few in numbers, or threatened by changing environmental or predation parameters. Also it could mean that due to deforestation there may be a lack of food and/or water. Only a few... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2010 at Endangered Animals
Nicaragua’s environment is of hemispheric and world importance in comparison to Central America’s “green” countries such as Costa Rica and Belize. Nicaragua stands out as holding both the greatest share of Central America’s natural resources and excellent potential for sustainable development. For its size Nicaragua is incredibly rich in biological... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2010 at ENVIRONMENT
Although Nicaragua’s environment is of hemispheric and world importance in comparison to Central America’s “green” countries such as Costa Rica and Belize, Nicaragua is known more for its history of political conflict than for its natural riches. Yet the popular images are deceiving. Given its intact expanses of tropical rainforest,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2010 at ENVIRONMENT
Trees affect our climate, and therefore our weather, in three primary ways: they lower temperatures they reduce energy usage they reduce or remove air pollutants Each part of the tree contributes to climate control, from leaves to roots. Leaves help turn down the thermostat. They cool the air through a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2010 at HOW DO TREES AFFECT THE WEATHER
Enrique, our Forestry Engineer, explains the problems of extracting the trees blown down in Hurricane Felix from the rainforest. Until these trees are extracted no meaningful reforestation can take place. Nicaragua doesn't have the resources or funds available to go through with this plan, the private wood companies in the country don't have the capacity to extract this wood that was damaged by the hurricane. We need equipment, teams of people to extract more than 10 million cubic meters of high quality woods such as cortez, guapinole, cahoa, cedro real, come negro, wood that has special qualities. For instance they... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2010 at VIDEO DIARY