The Republic of Nicaragua
Several laboratories in Nicaragua take part in the ‘Caribbean Coastal Marine Productivity (CARICOMP) field project’. They monitor coral reef, mangrove and seagrass sites on Great Corn Island. The collected output of such monitoring, throughout the region, was published as CSI Papers 3 ‘CARICOMP. Caribbean Coral Reef, Seagrass and Mangrove Sites’. In addition to continued support for systematic biological monitoring, a particular effort is being made at a number of selected sites to analyse the socio-economic and cultural dynamics of natural resource use. A Nicaraguan site director attended site directors meetings, in Cancún, Mexico in November 1996 and Blackrock, Trinidad and Tobago in May 1998, for information exchange with, and technical assistance from, the CARICOMP steering committee. The country’s mangrove ecosystems were studied and a paper was published in ‘Mangrove Ecosystem Studies in Latin America and Africa’ (UNESCO, 1997). A student from Nicaragua attended courses at the ‘UNESCO Chair in Coastal Sciences’, University of Concepción, Chile in autumn 1996 and spring 1997. A summary of the CARICOMP project, its goals, achievements and future direction was produced in March 2001.