Nicaragua plans to restore its Indio Maiz biological reserve to its greater glory after an eight-day terrible fire which destroyed over 5,000 hectares of land.
“All the information is being documented in order to assist in the Indio Maiz restoration later,” Vice President Rosario Murillo said.
Reports say that government forces will assess the environmental damage and set aside an area for restoration and natural regeneration. In the past, following Hurricane Otto of 2016 and Hurricane Felix of 2007, environmental ministers took similar action, allowing the severely damaged areas to heal with time.
With assistance from Mexico, El Salvador, and Honduras, Nicaragua successfully put out the fire using cistern helicopters.
Nicaraguan environmentalist Jaime Incer Barquero called the fire “the most dramatic ecological disaster ever experienced by Nicaragua,” La Prensa reports.
With an area of 2,093 square kilometers, Indio Maíz is the home of Rama and Kriol Indigenous communities, as well as a wide variety of animals representative of Central American fauna, including endangered species.