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.
Jul 26, 2013

The 2013 season begins!

The Corcovado Foundation Sea Turtle Conservation Program has never been busier. After seven years of protecting the turtles working alongside the local community, and raising awareness of the need to conserve the Osa Peninsula, the program is receiving more volunteers than ever. More members of the community have become involved with the program too, opening their doors to house the volunteers in ‘homestays’ in the village. The initiative has forged beautiful friendships and offers a wonderful vehicle for cultural exchange, with most volunteers ranking the homestay experience as the highlight of their trip to Costa Rica. Moreover, it has succeeded in generating extra income for locals through the sustainable use of their sea turtles, and has committed many more families to the aims of the program.

July marks the beginning of the nesting season for the Olive Ridley turtle in Costa Rica and so far the program has found three turtles in the last few nights! The construction of the hatchery has also been completed, with space for up to 120 nests, and the vigilance tower has undergone a complete restoration. Volunteers are currently working hard patrolling the beaches at night, and placing reference posts and removing trash during the day. In addition volunteers have been busy at the camp constructing and decorating a new office for the program, and will soon embark on building a new hydroponic vegetable patch at the camp, to try their hand at some sustainable agriculture. Other community project work has included building a new recycling sorting center and painting the Foundation’s education center in Drake Bay (Agujitas).

Training has begun to give local Patrol Leaders a refresher course ready to begin paid night patrols and shifts in the hatchery, and workshops will soon start to provide basic training to all members of the local conservationist association (ACOTPRO). Since 2013 will be the last season where the Foundation will be assisting ACOTPRO with the turtle program in Drake Bay, a series of workshops will begin shortly to link the association up with volunteer networks and improve their website, so that they can start to attract their own volunteers ready for 2014 and beyond.

All of the work so far this year was only made possible by generous donations made by local businesses, not-for-profit institutions, and concerned individuals like yourselves. Unfortunately the ongoing financial crisis has added extra pressure on donors in recent times, and the Foundation’s Environmental Education program in Drake Bay – which has been running for ten years – now faces closure unless extra funds can be found. This program encompasses the most important work that the Foundation does and it will have the biggest impact of all of its activities in the long run. Thanks to the free education that this program has integrated into the curriculum of local schools, a new generation of locals will grow up to take controls of local projects and tourism enterprises and see that they develop in a sustainable way, in harmony with the precious environment of the Osa Peninsula.

Please dig deep and give whatever you can to the program this season, and help us to permit the sustainable development of Drake Bay and protect its unique wildlife for future generations to enjoy.

The turtles and the community in Drake Bay thank you for your wonderful generosity!

 

Dr Rob James
Coordinator of Sea Turtle Conservation Program
Corcovado Foundation
Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
Email: robert@corcovadofoundation.org
Web: www.corcovadofoundation.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/playadraketortugas
 
Jun 7, 2013

Everydollar you donate will be match 100%

As per today, The Corcovado Foundation has raised $2611 USD thru Global Giving and $2000 more through other sources. Every dollar that the Corcovado Foundation raises for FACOSA (Osa Supprot Community Fund), the Interamerican Foundation (IAF) matches 1 to 1. The communities that receive the funding also need to make a matching contribution in kind.  Therefore, a  donation to FACOSA  will have the capacity of benefiting the communities for 4 times the amount. 

The goal of the Osa Community Support Fund (FACOSA)  is to provide small funding to local communities in order to help them improve their quality of living and answer some of their most basic needs such as clean water access and providing a minimum income for local families.  The non-reimbursable donations to local community groups are used for community improvement such as building, drinking water systems, community centers,  and health centers.  FACOSA provides micro funding to local communities in Osa Peninsula.  

The Osa Peninsula is rich in wildlife, sparsely populated, and, until recently, very difficult to access. Towering rainforests line undeveloped beaches and untouched coves, making this region one of the most beautiful, and biodiversity important, places anywhere on earth. The communities, however, are amongst the poorest in Costa Rica, with land tenure problems and little or no access to financing. Therefore the possibilities for accessing funding for their projects are very remote.

The Corcovado Foundation already disbursed around $12,000 USD to 5 different projects in 3 different communities; providing materials to build the aqueduct of La Tarde Community, the communal center in El Progreso Community, a computer room in El Progreso's school and a group productive project in the town of  Rancho Quemado, including a piggery, a poultry house, a sugarcane mill and a bakery. We hope to improve the quality of the lives of individuals in these communities.FACOSA has also helped with the development of  local groups by providing computers, websites (www.tortugasmarinaselprogreso.org)  and other related activities

We have invited communities to present projects to the Corcovado Foundation starting June 2013 for up to $3000 USD.  With the donations received from caring and generous people at Globalgiving and other funding raised by our organization, plus the 100% match from IAF, we will soon be able to finance three or four small projects in communities in Osa.

The goal of the Osa Community Support Fund (FACOSA)  is to provide small funding to local communities in order to help them improve their quality of living and answer some of their most basic needs such as clean water access and providing a minimum income for local families.  

There are currently many more excellent projects in desperate need of funding, but the not-for-profit Corcovado Foundation needs to raise a further $12,000 USD in order to continue this work.

100% of the money received from Globalgiving and other sources go dirrectly to the communities.  Tha Corcovado Foundation does not collect an administration fee for this purpose. Help us make a difference in the poor communities in Osa! 

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Apr 22, 2013

Preparing the community for taking control

There are many ways to invest in the program
There are many ways to invest in the program

2013 marks a very important moment in the history of the Sea Turtle Conservation Program in Drake Bay. After eight years of working in partnership with the Corcovado Foundation, the community of conservationists in Drake Bay will take control of the program for themselves in December. It’s a very exciting moment for everyone but there is still much work to do, and we will rely upon private donations more than ever in order to equip the local staff with all of the infrastructure and materials that they will need in the future. Let’s give this hard-working community the very best shot at making their program work for years to come!

 

With the right infrastructure in place the program will continue to provide local jobs and attract ecotourism and talented volunteers to the area. Best of all, the program will continue to protect the population of nesting sea turtles from the threat of illegal poaching, while offering a socio-economic alternative for poor families within the community.

 

This season the staff and volunteers from the Foundation will be giving up their time to provide a series of special workshops and classes, and will help the local conservationist association (ACOTPRO) to improve their website and develop their own volunteer program. The training will also include workshops on data management, accounting, grant writing and volunteer coordination, and the program will continue to provide free English and computing classes for the community. With the employment of a dedicated local Coordinator, Accountant and Research Assistant during 2013, it is hoped that by the end of the season the association will be running the day-to-day operations of the sea turtle program, under the supervision of the Corcovado Foundation.

 

There are many ways in which you can donate to the program this year:

 

Make a general donation clicking on the ‘donation’ button on our GlobalGiving page.

 

Buy something specific from the list of materials required for 2013, or specify in what area of the program you would like your donation to be invested: Conservation, Community or Camp (see image). Simply make a donation using GlobalGiving and send an email to robert@corcovadofoundation.org to state your preference.

 

Adopt a turtle at the Corcovado Foundation Sea Turtle Conservation Program by following this link:

http://www.corcovadofoundation.org/adopt-a-turtle.html

 

Become a volunteer at the Corcovado Foundation Sea Turtle Conservation Program by following this link:

http://www.corcovadofoundation.org/program-sea-turtle-conservation.html

 

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Text GIVE 7861 to 80088 to donate $10 to Seaturtle Conservation and Environmental Education. Message and data rates may apply. Only works for US mobile phones.

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Many thanks for you generous support!

 

Best wishes from the Corcovado Foundation

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