Workshop: Protection of birds in Nicaragua’s red list

Workshop for the elaboration of an action plan for bird species in the Nicaraguan Red List

Date: November 18, 2017. City of Granada.

Organizing Committee : Raul Lacayo Solórzano (Fundación Cocibolca), John Hannan (development and conservation programs specialist), Sally Gladstone (private wildlife reserve).

Technical Committee : José Manuel Zolotoff (Fundación Cocibolca), María Ignacia Galeano (Fundación Cocibolca) with the support of Marvin Torres (Universidad Centroamericana), George and Lily Duriaux-Chavarria (private wildlife reserve).

Participants : Professionals of the conservation working in Nicaragua: individuals, government authorities, private reserves, foundations, NGOs. Count on support of 2-3 people of international conservation institutions.

Objectives of the workshop (((( : 1) offer a place to make public the Nicaraguan red list, with emphasis on threatened species and endangered, 2) describe the geographical areas that are appropriate for these species ecosystems, 3) interact officially protected areas and unprotected to geographical distributions known and planned for each species, 4) relate current conservation programs, including the monitoring and evaluation ((, environmental education, etc. to the distributions of species, 5) evaluate the current status of each protected area in the protection of habitat, 6) recommend actions and priorities to improve the protection including (but not limited to) the identification of organizations that funded programs of environmental investigacion-educacion with these species.

Workshop methodology . Workshop of one day in the month of November (prior consultation through survey work online) where birds working groups will be organized by region and final presentation by group. The working groups will be organized according to the following geographical units:

  • Forest of lowlands of Southeast Nicaragua
  • Side of the Pacific, dry forest and mangrove
  • Interlacustre watershed – Rio San Juan (land high and stockings, wetlands)
  • Upland forest from the center of Nicaragua (cloud forest, pine forest)
  • Forests lands of middle height and low in the northeast of Nicaragua (eg: Bosawas)
  • The Nicaraguan moskitia pine savanna

Each group will work in the following guide:


  • Where protection is currently sufficient and where you need to strengthen?
  • What is needed to improve the management of protected areas for multiple benefits;
  • Markets and certifications can better support organic products.

Monitoring for conservation and evaluation

  • There is a monitoring of population changes in key sites?
  • What is needed to ensure the measurement and interpretation of indices of birds and their habitats.
  • What research or projects will be needed?
  • Anthropogenic factors are – climate change, pollution, urbanization and the conversion of the habitat – which must be taken into account?

Outreach and communication: where we need more?

  • Science citizen and administration
  • Organize groups of birds for ecotourism
  • Working with sustainable development agencies

Economic service and eco-systemic

  • How can I expand ecotourism sites and focal areas in forgotten areas or appropriate?
  • Where can I access payments for environmental services and services of ecosystems for conservation of habitats?
  • How the conservation of birds and biodiversity can be integrated into a system of agro-silvo-pastoral production?
  • Birds such as umbrella or emblematic species for the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystems.

Activities pre workshop: 1) develop a working paper to be presented at the workshop to provide the background information needed to be able to visualize the critical areas in which urgent work is needed. This will include a map with the location of the red list species, layer information from protected areas, private wildlife reserves, layer of vegetation present, IBA, RAMSAR sites, screening of distribution of species according to ecosystem/elevation.

For more information contact to José Manuel Zolotoff-Pallais, Director of research and training of Fundación Cocibolca

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