Due to the current situation of the Indio-Maíz Biological Reserve, it is required that the Ministry
of Environment and Natural Resources (MARENA) leads, in coordination with the Nicaraguan
Army, National Police and the Attorney of the Republic, the following actions:
1) Reactivation of checkpoints within the Reserve and allocate human and financial resources to
stop people from entering the Protected Area.
2) Define and implement a plan of resettlement of families that are established in the Reserve.
3) Prosecute people engaged in illegal purchase and sale of land. These people are committing a
crime and therefore they must be punished according to Nicaraguan law.
In parallel to the actions above mentioned, it is required that the authorities promote, with broad
participation of Rama-Kriol Territorial Government, people and organizations of the Buffer
Zone, the implementation of the following processes:
1) To Update the Management Plan of Indio-Maíz Biological Reserve and its approval.
2) Reactivation of the Monitoring Commission of Southeast Biosphere Management Plan.
3) To stop the progress of megaprojects that hoard lands and favor the expulsion of families to
new areas of forest.
4) To promote production practices environmentally friendly and sustainable alternatives to
diversify the family economy in the Buffer Zone of the Reserve.
To implement all these actions and processes, it is very important the active participation of all
citizens demanding the fulfillment of the institutional responsibilities. It is also necessary the
support of national and international organizations to uphold the management carried out in the
area using its own capacities.
We, the Union of Environmental Organizations, reaffirm our commitment to the protection of
Indio-Maíz Biological Reserve and we intend to continue contributing, as each of our
organizations has done since its formation, to generate stability and welfare in the municipality
of El Castillo.
The organizations that form part of the Union of Environmental Organizations are:
1. Cooperative of cacao producers COSEMUCRIM R.L.
2. Cooperative of cacao producers COOPROCAFUC R.L.
3. Cooperative of sustainable tourism COOPETURS R.L.
4. Municipal Network of Committees of Drinkable Water and Sanitation (Red CAPS-El
5. The NGO Fundación del Río