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Nicaragua is the Heart of the World’s Biodiversity

Posted by Kevin Fleming, Chairman of Grupo Mariana

Feb 23, 2015 3:00:00 AM


Here is a simple fact that many people don’t know: Nicaragua possesses more than 7% of the world’s biodiversity. The country is quite simply an oasis that is incredibly rich in natural life and beauty within its amazing coastal and marine habitats and its expanse of tropical rain forest, which is the largest remaining in Central America. As a result, Nicaragua is considered to possess outstanding potential for environmental preservation and sustainable development.

While unfortunately known more for its history of political conflict, Nicaragua is Central America’s melting pot for species due to its role as the land bridge between the Americas. The country’s land features are extremely diverse, including rain forests, rugged mountains, active volcanoes, lowland forests, coastal mangroves and coral reefs. Both the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea brush Nicaragua’s lengthy coasts, while the interior features numerous bodies of water.

A lake the size of Puerto Rico?

Gigantic Lake Cocibolca (“sweet sea”), sometimes called Lake Nicaragua, is nearly 100 miles long and roughly the size of Puerto Rico. It is Central America’s largest freshwater lake, containing more than 300 islands, and the 20th largest in the world. The lake and its shoreline teem with native flora and fauna, including a unique freshwater shark.

One of the lake’s most dramatic features is Isla de Ometepe, an island comprised of two joined volcanoes—one active, one dormant. Inhabited since pre-Columbian times, the island has a rich and mythical history that still gives it a strong sense of mystery. For the adventurous, Isla de Ometepe offers an array of activities, including volcano hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking and, interestingly, surfing. The lake’s huge, flat surface receives almost constant wind that produce waves that draw surfers from around the world.

More than 9,000 plant species are found here.

Within the forests and along its shores, Nicaragua is a natural paradise in which over 9,000 plant species have been identified, with perhaps another 4,000 yet to be discovered. Living within this incredible collection of flora are more than 750 species of birds and 200 mammal species. Not to mention more than 200 species of reptiles and amphibians. Nicaragua’s natural habitats provide critical protection for creatures that are endangered or have disappeared entirely from other areas.

Preservation of the country’s natural resources is becoming more and more important within Nicaragua, particularly as ecotourism becomes a more significant economic factor. At present, the country has 76 protected regions, as well as more than 20 privately owned reserves—many of which are open to visitors. The total protected area represents nearly 20% of the country's land, providing evidence of the desire to maintain and enhance Nicaragua’s natural assets, while still fostering much-needed economic growth.

Protecting the natural environment is a primary objective of Grupo Mariana.

At Grupo Mariana, protection and preservation of the natural environment are key aspects of our development activities. To harm these wonderful settings and the creatures that inhabit them would run counter to our stated mission to support the country of Nicaragua and its people. As you watch Seaside Mariana and Isla Mariana rise, you will plainly see our commitment to the land and its inhabitants.

How Green in Nicaragua Can Be Green in Your Pocket.

Green initiatives are the wave of the future. For investors that means one thing. Green philosophy coupled with  resort living means green in the pockets of those who act early and decisively.  Grupo Mariana plans to identify the geographic and topographic features that are unique to all our projects in order to preserve the ecological and biological resources found within.

As Green projects move rapidly to the forefront of the luxury development industry, investors are allocating their funds in increasingly large quantities to such developments. Those who have invested in Grupo Mariana will be the natural benefactors of this large-scale emerging trend.

Grupo Mariana is perfectly positioned to seize market share in the new economy with the influx of direct foreign investment flowing into Nicaragua. With its commitment to green initiatives and team memberts from respected companies around the world, Grupo Mariana is the obvious choice for investors, developer and builders.

For enterprising individuals there are additional opportunities at Grupo Mariana. These include sub-development possibilities for up to 260 acres of ocean view land, beach and retail condos, golf villas, builder home site packages, golf course , casino operations, and a myriad of commercial options in the lifestyle center. Learn more about joint venture opportunities by contacting us at


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Topics: Nicaragua