This project is designed and developed by Ivonne Chaves to utilize technology in a way that will support sustainability, ecology, and tourism in Costa Rica. The technology is a website and mobile application that tracks habitat and wildlife in protected areas such as parks and engages rangers, scientists, students, environmental enthusiasts and eco-tourists as stewards.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
The promotion of national parks and protected areas and related tourist activity is a significant part of the over $2 billion industry. Costa Rica has around 5% of the world's biodiversity. Protecting flora and the fauna is key to Costa Rica's future along with its economy.
How will this project solve this problem?
With one click, e-cologic will allow users to report and prevent illegal activities that can harm flora and fauna. They can track species, habitat, animal behavior and any relevant dangers. Not only will this tool foster greater environmental awareness in the general population it can also be extremely useful for professionals who work in the fields of sustainability, eco-tourism, natural sciences, forestry, park management and environmental education.
Potential Long Term Impact
Specific outcomes of this project include a projected 500 site clicks per week and 100 monthly downloads of the mobile app for Windows Phone. Through 4 workshops delivered to students and 10 workshops delivered to professionals on the use of the tool, e-cologic hopes to engage with over 200 people directly to teach them the value and function of the website and mobile tool. The long-term impact will be preserved biodiversity, greater environmental awareness and a stronger tourism industry.
This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.
Every microproject is intended to use the donations it receives in accordance with its stated description; however, it is important to provide project leaders with the flexibility to maximize the potential benefit from the donations they receive. This means that your donation may be used as a part of the main project that supports this microproject, specifically Empowering Young Social Innovators. In this event, the project leader is required to post an update to the microproject detailing the results and reasons behind this change.
If you or any other donor is unhappy with the way their funds have been used, he or she can reallocate their donation using the GlobalGiving guarantee.