Paso Pacifico and its commitment partners will carry out programs advancing women as environmental leaders in Nicaragua and raising awareness across Central America. Program activities will directly benefit the lives of 400 women and girls in rural Nicaragua, increasing economic and leadership opportunities linked to the environment. Commitment activities operate within three primary areas of action:
- Climate-change Mitigation through Reforestation
Twenty women will be trained in techniques to establish and manage tree nurseries. Forty additional women will receive employment during the planting process. Trees raised and planted by women will offset over 100,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases.
- Performance-based Incentives for Conservation
Paso Pacifico and the community will designate a beach for a sea turtle hatchery to be managed solely by women. Women will receive training in methods for turtle monitoring. The twenty participants in this program will receive up to USD for every nest protected. There are hundreds of nests on these beaches each year.
- Portable Solar Electric Light
Thirty portable solar electric lights will be distributed to women and girls in communities without electricty. This sustainable technology will provide increased opportunity for education because it will allow work and study during evening hours.
- Micro-enterprise Development
Five workshops and one-on-one business counseling will be provided to women including: i) fifteen eco-tourism guides ii) twenty-five women farmers, iii) 23 nursery workers and owners, and iv) five small restaurant and hostel owners.
- Leadership Training
Twenty Nicaraguan women will receive a specialized leadership training course.
- Participatory Environmental Education
Over 220 girls will participate in field trips to natural protected areas and participate in outdoor experiences that build self esteem and teamwork.
- Building Public Awareness
Five news stories and one video production will be disseminated across Central America. The message of these communication pieces will focus on women and their acheivements and contributions as environmental stewards.
- Professional Development
Ten women from rural communities and Paso Pacifico staff will present two workshops at region-wide meetings in Central America. The focus of these workshops will be women and the environment.
Paso Pacifico is a non-profit organization focused on safeguarding the unique forest and coastal ecosystems of western Central America. As a women-led organization, Paso Pacifico has found biases among professionals of the region's development community, and thus sees the need to raise awareness that organizations and movements, at multiple political and social scales, benefit from the leadership and contributions of women.
Paso Pacifico initiated its environmental programs by inviting equal involvement from men and women, seeking to provide all members of the local community with an equal playing field. However, after four years, Paso Pacifico has uncovered the reality that it is the women in local communities who are driving the success of its programs. Paso Pacifico's commitment is based on the recognition that the women of Nicaragua are poised to successfully lead the country towards a more sustainable future.
Paso Pacifico will reorient its programs to directly benefit women, increasing the economic and leadership opportunities linked to environmental protection. For example, Paso Pacifico has an on-going reforestation program to mitigate climate-change. When tree nurseries were established by the community at large, it was the women who developed techniques to germinate the seeds of rare trees, who continuously weeded the seedlings, and who carefully planted the trees to avoid root damage. In contrast to prior efforts, through this commitment Paso Pacifico will specifically and purposefully support local women in developing tree nursery businesses that will in turn help to reduce global greenhouse gases. Empowering women to earn income linked to climate change mitigation and resource protection will ensure benefits for the environment and communities.
SEEKING: financial assistance, implementing partners, best practice information. Paso Pacifico is seeking financial resources intended to transform the lives of women and girls. We would also like to find partners to provide expertise in the areas of business development and leadership training.
OFFERING: implementing partnership. Paso Pacifico works at the grass-roots level and has proven experience in developing projects in rural Nicaragua. We can help to implement programs in Nicaragua that are consistent wtih our Commitment and mission.
Paso Pacifico is looking to expand its partnerships to improve its programs impacting women and the environment. Paso Pacifico has expertise in natural resource management, but is seeking alliances with organizations with knowledge in leadership development in rural women.