The Bosawas Biosphere Reserve in Nicaragua is home to one of the world’s largest primary forests, spanning approximately 5,000 km2. It is the native land of two indigenous tribes who have lived in the area for centuries – the Sumu and the Mayangna people – who have developed a deep cultural knowledge of the local ecosystem through years of co-existence.
Illegal logging is prevalent in this region and the local communities lack the resources to combat this issue, which is threatening to irreparably damage their way of life. They need support from experienced climate solution experts to make a change and turn the tide in their favour. Projects like the Bosawas Biosphere Reserve are exactly why Ignition has partnered with Ecologi, an organisation dedicated to reforesting areas around the globe affected by human activity. As a business that understands the importance of carbon emissions and the role forests play in capturing and storing CO2, we are passionate about encouraging projects such as this both in the UK and internationally. Through Ecologi, we are helping to plant trees in the area with the aim of reforesting 1,321 acres of land. Ignition is also assisting with the employ of 20 full-time planters and an onsite manager who will be working to restore the forest and protect the vital old-growth at the heart of the reserve. This will not only support the local economy but will also create a space for many endangered species that have had their habitats destroyed. The Bosawas Biosphere Reserve is one of the last places the Baird’s tapir and the Central American spider monkey can be found living in the wild, making this particular project of utmost importance.