WCS Nicaragua

Protected Area Management

The Pearl Cays Wildlife Refuge (PCWR) is located off the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua, consisting of approximately 700 square kilometers. Its marine ecosystem is comprised of coral reefs, seagrasses, mangroves, islands, rivers, and creeks that provide habitat for endangered sea turtles, manatees, and other species. The upland watershed is inhabited by indigenous coastal communities who depend upon the ecosystem services generated by these habitats (e.g., food, tourism, coastal storm protection). Although declared in 2010, there is still no management plan for the sustainable use of natural resources in the PCWR. WCS continues to work towards the development of this plan with local partners.

Key Staff

Pamela Fletcher
Coordinator, Nicaragua Marine Program
Rodolfo Chang Bennett
Project Coordinator


WCS Nicaragua Marine Program
Al frente del Restaurante "Sweet Pearly" Laguna de Perlas, Región Autonoma de la Costa Caribe Sur (RACCS), Nicaragua