Netzkraft Movement

Paso Pacifico

Making connections for conservation

PO Box 1244
CA 93002-1244 Ventura
United States

Contact person: Sarah M. Otterstrom

+1 (805) 643-7044
sarah@pasopacifico.org
info@pasopacifico.org
http://www.pasopacifico.org

Topics

  • Educational policy/project
  • Environmental organization
  • Environmental project
  • Volunteers are welcome.

News

In early January, we celebrated our 7th annual Christmas Bird Count. This year, the efforts of 56 volunteer birders led to a record 172 species being observed in Nicaragua's Paso del Istmo wildlife corridor. Promoted by the Audubon Society since 1900, this global event provides the chance for expert and amateur birders to discover birds within a 15-mile radius of their community.

Partners are key to the founding and continuation of this beloved event, which was first launched through the leadership of former board member Dr. Frank Joyce and his family. For this year's count, we were fortunate to have additional support from the U.S. Forest Service International Institute for Tropical Forestry, the Kathryn B. McQuade Foundation, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, SET NET Communications, FUNDENIC-SOS, and Reserva Natura.

About us

Founded in 2005, Paso Pacífico´s mission is to restore and conserve the natural ecosystems of Central America´s Pacific slope by collaborating with landowners, local communities and involved organizations to promote ecosystem conservation.

Paso Pacifico envisions a Central America where well-managed conservation areas are connected by viable biological corridors that span from ridge to reef, including restored tropical dry forests and marine protected areas.

Through programs informed by the most cutting-edge conservation science and implemented through close cooperation with local communities, Paso Pacifico is making leaps for ecosystem conservation. By rebuilding forests and connecting ecosystems from land to sea, we are actively combating climate change and saving wildlife, such as endangered sea turtle, spider monkey, and yellow-naped parrot species.

In working towards its vision, Paso Pacifico empowers communities to develop more sustainable livelihoods in eco-tourism, fishing, agriculture, and natural resource management; advances women and children as environmental leaders; and develops strong, collaborative relationships with private landowners and the private sector. With our holistic, forward-thinking approach, Paso Pacifico is making connections for conservation.

Working areas:
• Deforestation & Climate Change
• Endangered Wildlife
• Marine Degradation
• Poverty

Our Program Areas
Conservation programs:
• Reforestation & Restoration
• Coastal Conservation
• Private Reserves
• Climate Change Mitigation
Science programs:
• Conservation Science: Ecosystems
• Research Science: Umbrella Species
• Applied Science: Agriculture & Rural Development
Education programs:
• Environmental Education
• Community Outreach
• Geotourism: Sharing Nicaragua´s Natural Beauty & Culture

Sarah M. Otterstrom is the Executive Director at Paso Pacífico.

For other net participants we can offer an expert guidance through trained staff, give an expert opinion, procure expert information and establish new contacts in the field of our work. Volunteers are welcome and will most likely be asked to work remotely at this time.

Our Junior Ranger program teach children to love and appreciate nature. After graduation, they participate in community cleanups and respond to urgent local conservation needs.
Our turtle nursery protect nests with eggs from endangered and threatened sea turtles. Turtle eggs face many threats like animal predators and local poachers who want to sell the eggs for human consumption.
We are supporting and training oyster farming co-ops run by local women. A key to long-term conservation in Nicaragua is increasing sustainable livelihood options for Nicaraguan citizens.
Our rangers help monitor and save wildlife throughout the Paso del Istmo and other areas. We partner with many landowners and companies to preserve local habitat and do monitoring patrols. Additionally, rangers run our Mono Bayo reserve, which has a bird-banding station.
Our scientists developed the world-famous InvestEGGator, an artificial sea turtle egg equipped with GPS tracking. These eggs can help track turtle poachers and aid local law enforcement in understanding trafficking networks. Photo © GOOD Magazine.
We are saving the endangered yellow-naped Amazon parrot. Thanks to our efforts, which are supported by the Loro Parque Fundacion, the local population in the Paso del Istmo is on its way to recovery. We are also coordinating new efforts to save them in El Salvador.
Black-handed spider monkeys are critically endangered arboreal primates. We have strategically planted over one million trees to increase their habitat and support them in many other ways. We recently started protecting El Salvador`s spider monkeys as well.