Indio-Maíz Biological Reserve is considered one of the most important tropical rainforest of Central America. In 2005 it was declared as an important area worldwide.
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Indio-Maíz Reserve is located between the towns El Castillo, San Juan de Nicaragua and Bluefields, in the southwest corner of Nicaragua.
A great percentage of the reserve is part of the ancestral territory of indigenous community, Rama, and afro-descendant, Kriol, who have formed the Territorial Government Rama — Kriol.
Both communities fight for the preservation of their culture, home, and forest, which is threatened by the invasion of farmers and the arrival of big industrial projects to their territory.
The environmental movement Indio-Maíz
The Batallón Cívico Indio-Maíz is an environmental movement, independent and founded by citizens who are looking for the preservation of water and the forest in the southwest of Nicaragua, especially protecting Indio-Maíz Biological Reserve.
The Batallón Cívico Indio-Maíz has been created by citizens that are part of organizations within the Environmental Organizations Union from the Southwest of Nicaragua (UOA). In this movement people participate as individuals and they would like to get more local people involved to protect Indio-Maíz.