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.
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!

Jan 9, 2013

Preparing for Final Push for Biosphere Reserve Status

ASANA has spent the past few months bolstering the cornerstones of the Savegre Biosphere Reserve application with UNESCO. In particular, we have worked with the UNESCO/MAB committee (responsible for approving the application here in Costa Rica) to revisit and update certain technical aspects of the proposal we compiled last year. We have also reengaged with some of the communities in the lower Savegre who were skeptical about the establishment of a biosphere reserve in the watershed.  These are all necessary investments as we work towards the final submission of the proposal in 2013. By reinforcing the foundations of our work in the Savegre, we will greatly increase our probability of success.

We greatly appreciate all the support we received in 2012 and hope you will continue to help us make the Savegre Watershed Biosphere Reserve a model for participatory and sustainable conservation and development – and a reality in 2013!

From the staff and Board of ASANA, we wish you all the best in this New Year.

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