ASANA (Friends of Nature, Central and Southern Pacific Coast) Costa Rica

The mission of ASANA is to secure the long-term conservation of the Path of the Tapir Biological Corridor and surrounding natural areas by empowering local communities and residents to take action in support of conservation actions. In particular, we support the development of local community organizations, cooperation among government and non-governmental organizations, and environmental education. We serve as a local coordinator of research activities, and we act as advocate when required to address high-priority needs.
Jul 10, 2013

Mobilizing Local Support

Our work in the Savegre River Watershed continues at a steady pace.  We have had to spend more time building local support across a broad spectrum of stakeholders since our last submission of a proposal for Biosphere Reserve status with UNESCO was put on hold. This has come about primarily because we lacked one vote on the municipal council of Aguirre (Quepos) – one of the four municipalities from which we have sought formal support. But fortunately, what seemed to be a small setback has produced a very significant silver lining…. Local communities have expressed such a strong interest in the concept of a biosphere reserve that they have rallied to form their own local councils in order to show their formal support.  This is true democracy in action.  We expect to formalize local requests to the Costa Rican System of Protected Areas (SINAC) in the next few months in order to proceed with a final proposal to UNESCO. We will keep you posted but thank you for your continued support of this important project. Savegre Forever!

May 30, 2013

ASANA forms local council

ASANA has been working for years to form what is called a "local council."  This council is comprised of local leaders who represent various sectors of the Path of the Tapir Biological Corridor including communities, businesses, non-profit organizations, and local government. With the new local council, the Path of the Tapir now enjoys full government recognition.   In addition, ASANA has a strong, empowered partner to promote conservation.  The local council becomes the legal entity responsible for managing the Biological Corridor and, as such, has the authority – in the eyes of the Costa Rican Government – to take bold action.  It can raise funds for conservation efforts, represent the Corridor in all legal and government proceedings, and enter into agreements with national and international entities.  ASANA serves as the secretariat of the local council and will continue to serve as the engine that drives conservation in the Path of the Tapir.

We thank you for your continued support!

Apr 9, 2013

Getting a handle on dams and transmission towers

As we finalize preparation of the final proposal for the Savegre River Watershed Biosphere Reserve, we've been asked to document the impacts of the hydro dams and high tension transmissions lines and towers that have been planned by the Costa Rican Government for the Savegre River Watershed. We have been fortunate to get some volunteer assistance from a semi-local organization CAVU (www. cavusite.org), which provides over-flights in key conservation areas as a monitoring tool.  CAVU will be photographing the construction site of one of three dams that are to be built on the Savegre. In addition, CAVU has generously offered to photograph a critical part of the Path of the Tapir Biological Corridor – a very narrow portion currently under threat of dense development.  For jaguar and tapir to be able to move between the Corcovado National Park and the Talamanca Mountain range – through the Corridor and Savegre Watershed – we must protect this critical habitat.   

To all of you who have contributed to our Savegre campaign – a huge thanks. And if you wish to check out our new GlobalGiving website that supports the general operations of ASANA, please go to http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/help-asana-conserve-costa-ricas-pacific-coast/ .

Un abrazo!

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