“Those who visit my farm always tell me how beautiful this landscape is,” says José Maria Torres, trying to hide his pride. The farmer and president of the horticultural cooperative COOSMPROJIN doesn't lie. From his 3.5 hectare property located on a hill at 1,200 meters above sea level, you can see Lake Apanàs, the third-largest in Nicaragua, in a frame of over 50 shades of green.
In his “little farm”, as José calls it affectionately, fresh air is all around. His house is built with wooden planks and sits on the highest part of the land, surrounded by a small forest on one side and a plot of cabbage on the other.
When sitting on the plot you have a view of the lake, which is an artificial water reservoir built 55 years ago to generate electricity. In 2001, UNESCO declared the lake a RAMSAR site (a wetland of international importance) to preserve its biodiverse habitat. Unfortunately, this beautiful landscape is in danger of disappearing within the next 5 years due to the high levels of environmental deterioration to which it has been exposed.