International Exposition of Zaragoza 2008 - Expo 2008

Water and sustainable development

June 14, 2008 - September 14, 2008


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Nicaragua

Nicaragua at the Exhibition Expo Zaragoza 2008

© Philippe Lemaire

Rivers, lakes and lagoons. Nicaragua is the Central American country with the largest water reserves. Yet only 79% of the population has access to it. One of the country's main waterways, the San Juan River, has an important strategic value as an alternative route to the Panama Canal. The Nicaragua pavilion, with a series of panels, recounts the history of this river, as well as that of Lake Cocibolca, on whose shores one of the first Spanish cities on the continent, Granada, was founded, and presents the natural reserves of this Central American country.
The Indio Maíz reserve, located in the south-east of the country and comprising seven protected areas, is a well-preserved tropical rainforest, considered to be a veritable paradise for birds. There are also images from the Bosawas reserve, home to the sacred Miskitu and Mayangna mountains. These two peoples maintain their traditional methods of sustainable use of nature, and their activities contribute to the protection and conservation of the reserve.
The journey through the country is completed by the Water Route and an example of ecotourism: the Los Guatuzos forest life refuge. designed so that visitors can admire the landscape and observe biodiversity while participating in its preservation.

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