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Rio mico overhead picture.

Carbon removals through reforestation of deforested areas adjacent to an important water resource that needs protection.

Rio Mico Watershed in Nicaragua

✓ 2,000 - 5,000 ha Reforestation Program

✓ Over 1,350,000 TCO2 Removal Potential

Rio Mico - Restoring a vital watershed for the region

The Mico River, approximately 189 km long, is the most important and largest river in Chontales Department.

Yet today, loss of forest cover has affected groundwater recovery, resulting in contamination stemming from various sources.

Land on each side of the river needs to be restored due to  rampant deforestation over many years.


The river cuts through the Nicaforest Land Cluster (Program of Activity) and land restoration can follow the same principles for reforestation as has been established in the current program.

Rio Mico Location in Nicaragua
Burnt area resulting from Cattle Rangin activities.

The Rio Mico Watershed - Reforestation Potential

The Mico River represents a fantastic opportunity to help protect a critical watershed in the region, and with a large carbon removal potential.

Reforestation within a conservation strategy, alternatively combined with timber forest, in the 1500 meter-belt on each side of the river is the most viable strategy.

Potential land areas for reforestation is up to 25,000 ha, thus suitable for large planting programs.

Key Characteristics

Rio Mico - Nature-Based Conservation

Rio Mico Riparian areas.
✔️ Riparian Areas

Riparian areas along the Mico River have been subject to deforestation over many years making the river more vulnerable to erosion and loss of biodiversity. Restoring adjacent land will help protect the riparian areas from further deforestation.

Nicaforest workers riding horses through our forests.
✔️ Conservation Forestry

Conserving forests is vital for the health of surrounding ecosystems and communities, which is why restoring and protecting forest cover is a critical objective of the Mico River project.

Protected Areas managed by the Nicaforest project.
✔️ Native Species

Preserving and restoring local ecosystems is key for the sustainable development of the region, which is why we seek to reforest the area using species originally native to the region.

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