Paso Pacifico’s current work specifically targets Nicaragua’s Paso del Istmo (see below). Located along the 12-mile-wide isthmus between Lake Nicaragua and the Pacific Ocean, this narrow passageway has historically served as a land bridge for wildlife migrating between North and South America. In recent decades, however, irresponsible land development and rapidly increasing international investments have had serious consequences for the region’s climate, forests, and wildlife.
The Paso del Istmo’s potential to connect numerous distinct ecosystems in such a short distance makes it a strategic component to conservation in Nicaragua. Additionally, its close proximity to complete ecosystems in neighboring Costa Rica means that Costa Rican wildlife can help repopulate the Isthmus with species that are locally extinct in most of western Nicaragua. Through the Paso del Istmo, Paso Pacífico is laying the groundwork for future restoration and conservation along Nicaragua’s Pacific slope.