Corcovado Foundation

Mission The Corcovado Foundation is a key player in the strengthening of the protected wild areas, the promotion of environmental education, sustainable tourism and community participation throughout the sustainable use of the natural resources in the South Pacific area of Costa Rica.
Feb 18, 2015

Help us to protect a paradise from poachers!

Volunteers learning how to build sea turtle nests
Volunteers learning how to build sea turtle nests

As the sea turtle conservation program celebrates its tenth birthday, the 2015 season promises to be the most ambitious that the program has ever attempted. In addition to providing continued support to help the community of Drake Bay to protect their sea turtles, the program will set up a new field station at the remote Río Oro beach – the most important sea turtle nesting beach in the Osa Peninsula. The program is also applying to monitor the sea turtles nesting on Sirena beach inside the Corcovado National Park, and so one nesting beach could become three during 2015!

 

This is hugely exciting progress and successful efforts have been made to find funding for these projects; but as ever there are big gaps, and the program looks to private donations to cover those costs that grant providers just don’t like to fund.

 

We need money in order to provide a stipend to the biologists who selflessly provide their time and efforts as Coordinators. These guys go beyond the call of duty on a daily basis to ensure that the turtles are protected and the program’s objectives are delivered, and we simply want to cover their expenses during their stay. They deserve so much more.

 

There is currently no funding at all for the Drake Bay project in 2015, and so we seek donations in order to offer a small salary to those locals who dedicate their time to patrol the beaches, guard the hatchery at night, and look after the international volunteers.

 

We also need to find money for food and delivery costs, and for the transportation of materials and waste (and volunteers) to and from the remote Río Oro field station, since this will add up to be a huge expense over nine months.

 

Private donors are uniquely placed to support our efforts in this way, so please help us to start the campaign with everything we need to make it a success. Join the effort alongside our volunteers and the local community to bring an end to poaching in the Osa!

 

Thank you!

 

 

Drake Beach

Since 2006, the program has protected 90% of sea turtle nests in Drake Bay. Through the establishment of a dedicated community association, ACOTPRO, and the implementation of environmental education in local schools, the program has also succeeded in changing the attitudes of local people toward their natural resources. With support from the program, ACOTPRO has now developed its own homestay network, volunteer program and several community-based tours, and the association is prepared to assume responsibility for the conservation effort in Drake Bay. It is anticipated that the 2015 nesting season will be the last directly supported by the program.

 

Río Oro Beach

Having bourn witness to these achievements in Drake Bay, the Ministry for the Environment (MINAET) and the Corcovado Sea Turtle Conservation Committee (COTORCO) have invited the program to protect sea turtles nesting in the Río Oro National Wildlife Refuge, and emulate the successes of the program in Drake Bay with the community of Río Oro/Carate. This will be the first time ever that the sea turtles will have been routinely protected at this extremely vulnerable and globally important Olive Ridley Lepidochelys olivacea) and Green turtle (Chelonia mydas) nesting site.

 

Sirena Beach

This small stretch of sand located at the heart of the Corcovado National Park is a nesting habitat for Olive Ridley, Green and Hawksbill sea turtles, and is a wild ecosystem situated far away from any towns or villages. How many turtles nest here, how many nests do they lay, and what is the impact of natural predators on the population? Nobody knows! And so MINAET have offered the opportunity to conservation organizations to compete for the honor of answering these questions. The program aims to win this competition in 2015 and looks forward to creating new knowledge about this pristine wilderness.

Jan 6, 2015

The Inauguration of Santa Juana Lodge

Trapiche
Trapiche

With all the popular feedback requesting that the Santa Juana Rural Mountain Adventure include overnight accommodations, the decision was made with the community to build a comfortable village lodge on the highest hilltop overlooking Manuel Antonio National Park. With a set of plans and building permits, a team was created of local workers, and contractors from the town of Quepos, to construct the new lodge. So for the first time the destination can now hosts up to 6 families as guests, between four spacious Cabins and a two-bedroom house with a nightly rate including meals in the new rancho, El Mirador. So far 5 contracts have been signed for Yoga Retreats, Swiss and German birdwatcher groups, and for individual couples and families. Included is the regular tour to visit the school, sugar cane mill with its giant oxen, guided jungle trails, waterfalls, Tilapia ponds, and options to ride Severino’s farm horses that he cares for along with his massive oxen. Dona Julia is now in charge of Lodge Housekeeping, and shares with Roxana the responsibility of cooking the amazing Campesino meals for the tours and new menu for the Lodge guests.

 

Greentique Hotel management company has developed a new website, http://santajuanalodge.com and Facebook, offering local activities and a Coffee tour of the famous plantations of Los Santos. We truly look forward to creating more reasons to visit and discover the rural culture and genuine hospitality with exceptional Costa Rica experiences provided by the community who share their way of life and pride for their community of Santa Juana.

Dec 3, 2014

A new challenge

Dear friends:

I hope that this December finds you all in great spirits!  

Christmas is the time for giving. It is also a great time to make donations which are deductible from your US income tax.

We need your help. We need to raise $3000 USD by December 31, 2014 from at least 30 different donors. The money raised will support the Osa Community Support Fund (FACOSA).   FACOSA has invested $23,123 USD directly in 9 community projects, including the construction of a rural water supply, lighting of a soccer field and the purchase of computers for a very poor school. The purpose of this fund is to provide the communities with seed funding to start their own projects.

FACOSA funds come from a challenge that the Interamerican Foundation proposed to our organization: Every dollar that the Corcovado Foundation can raise is match 100% by the Interamerican Foundation. 100% of proceeds goes directly to the projects: the administrative and monitoring costs of projects are borne by the foundation.

In order to fund new projects in 2015, the Corcovado Foundation has taken on a new challenge with GlobalGiving. We need to raise $ 3,000 from at least 30 donors to qualify for one of nine bonus awards on December 31st. Every donation made to GlobalGiving will be matched by the Interamerican Foundation. In other words, if you donate $10, the community receives $20 for community development projects, education and socioeconomic development. Additionally, the community that receives the funding will match the amount by a 100% in-kind donation.

That means your $10 donation can have the impact of a $40 gift.

Please make a donation: Simply enter this page https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/osa-community-support-fund/

Donations made through GlobalGiving are deductible from income tax in the US

For more information about the project and all the community efforts that are supported by our organization, please e-mail Zoraida Tenorio at zoraida@corcovadofoundation.org or call 2297-3013.

Other ways to help: You can also help forward this to your friends or join the Facebook page of the Corcovado Foundation and share our invitation on your wall.

Thank you all for your help.

I wish you a Merry Christmas!

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