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.