Chapter 7. Cosigüina, Nicaragua: A Case Study in Community-Based Management of Wildlife

  1. E. J. Milner-Gulland3 and
  2. Ruth Mace4
  1. Vivienne Solis Rivera1 and
  2. Stephen R. Edwards2

Published Online: 5 AUG 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444313598.ch7

Conservation of Biological Resources

Conservation of Biological Resources

How to Cite

Rivera, V. S. and Edwards, S. R. (1998) Cosigüina, Nicaragua: A Case Study in Community-Based Management of Wildlife, in Conservation of Biological Resources (eds E. J. Milner-Gulland and R. Mace), Blackwell Science Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444313598.ch7

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Ecosystems Analysis and Management Group, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK

  2. 4

    Department of Anthropology, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    IUCN Regional Office for MesoAmerica ORMA, P.O. Box 1161-2150, Moravia, Costa Rica

  2. 2

    IUCN Sustainable Use Initiative, IUCN, 1400 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 AUG 2009
  2. Published Print: 28 JUL 1998

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780865427389

Online ISBN: 9781444313598



  • Cosiguina, Nicaragua - community-based management of wildlife;
  • lizard species (Ctenosaura similis and Iguana iguana) management;
  • Cosigiiina management programme;
  • Cosiguina Peninsula, wildlife refuge and wildlife exploitation;
  • Omar Baca Co-operative - representative of people and conditions;
  • villagers managing iguanas and black iguana consumption on Holy Week;
  • National Autonomous University of Leon (UNAN) and IDeN's Regional Wildlife Programme;
  • incentives for locals and conserving black and green iguanas;
  • black iguana management - harvesting and captive breeding stocks;
  • black iguana population surveillance using Bailey's transect method


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Profile of the region

  • Cosigüina management programme

  • Assessment of sustainability

  • Progress and Prospects