Nicaragua

Nicaragua

One quarter of Nicaragua’s land area is covered by forests, nearly 40% of which are primary forests. The annual rate of deforestation in the country was 1.5% between 1990 and 2015 (FAO, 2015).

Illegal logging is a widespread problem in the country, with traffickers targeting the country’s valuable hardwoods. In 2012, the government established an ‘ecological battalion’ to help protect the country’s forest reserves (BBC News, 2012).