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Paso Pacifico
Paso Pacifico

Paso Pacifico aims to restore and protect the endangered dry tropical forest and coastal ecosystems of Mesoamerica’s Pacific Slope. Their turtle conservation program began in 2007, with a grant from SWOT and with the protection of green turtles nesting beaches in the southern Pacific of Nicaragua. These beaches are protected by a team of community park rangers, professionalized and working full time on the monitoring of sea turtles. Over the years, the program has grown to include turtle hatcheries in partnership with hotels and communities, the creation of technologies to reduce illegal sea turtle trafficking, environmental education of youth in coastal communities, and collaborations with local organizations and entrepreneurs in El Salvador and Nicaragua. Each year, these activities contribute to the protection of 1 to 10 leatherback nests. Therefore, Paso Pacífico appreciates the opportunity to participate in the Laúd OPO Network so that it can learn from its members and strengthen its management and protection of the Leatherback turtle for solitary nesters on the beaches where we work.

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The Eastern Pacific Leatherback Turtle Conservation Network started in 2012 when over thirty researchers, NGOs, and regional experts came together to develop an action plan to stabilize and restore the leatherback turtle population in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.