Resource Details

Return To Forest (Paso Pacifico)

Project: Project - Nonprofit

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Paso Pacifico




  • The mission of Paso Pacifico is to restore and conserve the natural ecosystems of the pacific slope of Nicaragua by collaborating with landowners, local communities, and organizations in order to promote ecosystem and wildlife conservation.
  • They support communities in adapting to climate change by restoring key watersheds and coastal wetlands.
  • As part of the Return to Forest program, over 250,000 native trees have been planted since 2007 in partnership with landowners and local community members.
  • Tree nurseries were established at private farms and native seeds collected from nearby areas.
  • Local community members helped with the growing and preparing of seedlings in the nurseries.
  • Fruiting and flowering trees were specifically selected to help attract native fauna.
  • It is estimated that those trees will sequester 150,000 tons of carbon over the next 40 years.
  • The project was financed by the sale of carbon credits and is ranked Gold under the Climate, Community, and Biodiversity Standard.

Geographical Region

  • Southern Central America
  • Country

  • Nicaragua
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