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Nicaragua: Securing futures

A Mayangna ranger clears back plants growing over a forest-boundary marker at Mojon Bocay in the Bosawás Reserve.

Funding target: £113,000

Year 1 of a 1 year project
Rapid deforestation in Nicaragua's Bosawás Forest Reserve is negatively impacting on indigenous communities. With your support we can help to conserve ecology on the reserve and protect local livelihoods.

About the project

Protect the livelihoods and environment of vulnerable communities in Nicaragua’s Bosawás forest Reserve

The Bosawás Forest Reserve is home to the indigenous Mayangna and Miskitu peoples, who have traditionally made a living from the forest in environmentally sustainable ways. Due to an influx of poor farmers from other regions, the area is experiencing severe deforestation and rising tension between communities over fragile resources.

With your support we aim to:

  • Enhance livelihoods by conserving food and water sources, and supporting re-forestation;
  • Reduce the potential for conflict over natural resources, by encouraging dialogue and a common understanding of conservation;
  • Empower indigenous people to lobby authorities for greater protection and support;
  • Raise indigenous women's status by encouraging them to take on leadership roles.

Who will benefit

Around 3,000 people from 16 communities in the Mayangna Sauni Bu Territory will benefit directly from improved food and water sources, leadership training, and a greater understanding of their rights and the conservation issues. Indirectly, an estimated 314,000 people, the total population living in the reserve and the surrounding areas will benefit from the reduced potential for conflict, increased government support, and the protection of biodiversity and other natural resources.

How we are helping

Hilton's story

 The Bosawás Reserve needs to be protected, not destroyed. Oxfam has given us the knowledge to empower young people. We are the present and future of the Mayangna territory. If Oxfam had not come, we would not have been able to lobby local leaders or discuss plans for developing the region with other local groups. There would be less development and more economic insecurity, but now we are training leaders who can guide the indigenous people and their development.

Hilton Dixon Salomón is 22 years old. Married, with a two-month old son, he is also the head of his family, with responsibility for his mother and five other siblings. As well as working to support his family, Hilton is the coordinator of the Indigenous Youth Movement of the Amak community and attends regular training on advocacy. Hilton is currently organising a territorial discussion board, which will bring together young people, teachers, and local emergency response services to raise community issues and co-ordinate work with the government.

Photo: Carlos Berrios/Oxfam

The budget


If you would like to learn more, download the full project details here (PDF, 1.21MB).

Inspired to make a difference?

By giving directly to this project you can be sure you are transforming people's lives. All of the money you give will go towards protecting the livelihoods and environment of vulnerable communities in Nicaragua. Get in touch to find out how you can help.


Individual donors:

Emma Learner -
01865 472108

Trusts and Foundations:

Kylie Sheaf - 
01865 473578


Peter William Hall -
01865 473445

If you're based in Scotland:

Angus Nelson -
0141 285 8863

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