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Dear friends of ASANA (and friends of Andrea!) –

Yes! ASANA has won the PeaceJam global 2015 Hero Award for Best Non-profit act!  (Check out the attached press releases!) This is amazing recognition for all the hard work our tiny non-profit has done over the years. PeaceJam works with 13 Nobel Peace Prize winners to support social and environmental causes around the world.  While this is quite an honor for us as an organization, we see this as a recognition for all the work that all of us – especially the Local Council the Path of the Tapir Biological Corridor – are doing to ensure the long-term sustainable use and conservation of Costa Rica’s unique natural heritage.

ASANA has been invited to the awards ceremony in Monte Carlo on 14 June. The award will be presented by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Adolfo Perez Esquivel. PeaceJam provides no travel support for ASANA but the board believes it is very important that Andrea be there to receive the award for Costa Rica on this international stage.  This opportunity will, no doubt, raise ASANA to an entirely new level of exposure, enabling us to further our mission. To this end, we have launched a campaign to raise funds to pay for Andrea’s trip to Monte Carlo.  Jack Ewing of Hacienda Baru Ecotours (www.haciendabaru.com) has kicked of the donations with a $1000 contribution! 

 So if you can, please support us with a donation of $100 or more. Go to the GlobalGiving site: "Sponsor Andrea to accept 2015 Hero Award!" or go to https://goto.gg/20706 .  THIS IS TIME SENSITIVE! We need to get the funds together by 10 June to be able to purchase flight tickets for Andrea. 

Thanks for your continued support!

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We are very happy to announce the production of a totally cool video about the Path of the Tapir Biological Corridor and the Savegre River Watershed.   ASANA board member Lautjie Boshoff took the lead on making this happen and it turned out to be a family affair with Nel and Vanessa Boshoff of Colibri Productions editing and producing the video.  A big special thanks to Vanessa for her beautiful narration of the video.

The video combines stunning video footage and stills from the Corridor and Savegre. We are also fortunate enough to have the use of some exceptional photography by wildlife photographer Dana Holm.  His pictures grace all of our Global Giving project pages.

The video does a great job of showing the Corridor and Savegre in all their glory.  But it also describes the real and imminent threats they face.  Finally, the video shows what ASANA – with your support – is doing to conserve these truly unique areas.

I don’t think anything else I’ve seen or watched has captured the heart and soul of the Path of the Tapir Biological Corridor or the Savegre River Watershed as much as this video. I encourage you to check it out and let us know what you think.

Also, check out ASANA president Jack Ewing’s new excellent read: Where Tapirs and Jaguars Once Roamed: Ever-Evolving Costa Rica. With its publication, this book is now the definitive authoritative guide to the region!

We thank you for your continued support!  

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Andrea Herrera, Executive Director of ASANA
Andrea Herrera, Executive Director of ASANA

ASANA continues to mature as an organization, but I must say, it is all on the shoulders of our exceptional executive director, Andrea Herrera.  Somehow, Andrea does it all – and then some. She does all of our project design, planning, management, monitoring, and evaluation work. She does all of our outreach work, including interacting with local communities and businesses, the Costa Rican Government, institutional donors (including the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the CR-USA Debt for Nature Swap Fund), and other partners organizations.  She does most of our fundraising, including developing and submitting proposals. And, ultimately, she does all the actual work of ASANA…. Heck! She even washes the ASANA vehicle and cleans the ASANA office!  In other words, and in all seriousness, ASANA would be nothing if not for Andrea and her smarts, passion, commitment, hard work, and good nature. I’m going to share here, with you, a few examples of the things Andrea produced, virtually by herself this past month:

  • Facilitation of the Path of the Tapir Biological Corridor local council to produce a first draft of the first-ever 5-year strategic plan for the Corridor;
  • Closing out our two major grants – UNDP and CR-USA Debt for Nature Swap – including wrapping up all program activities and closing out the financial books;
  • Training local water commissioners how to consider and incorporate climate change adaptation issues into future water management;
  • Management of monitoring of wildlife “camera traps” in two major protected properties in the Corridor;
  • Representation of ASANA in the 1st Congress on Wildlife Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Release in Costa Rica;  
  • Design, production, and placement of new signs marking the boundaries of the Corridor along the three major entrance routes;   and
  • Draft production of a short video on the Path of the Tapir and the Savegre River Watershed to be used for promotional purposes.

Is this woman Superwoman, or what?!?! I think you’ll agree that this represents a significant amount of work for one person in such a short amount of time. 

I desperately want to show Andrea in these coming months just how much she means to ASANA and conservation in the Central Pacific Zone. That’s why I am dedicating fundraising efforts, between now and the end of December, to Andrea – to show her just how much we all care about and appreciate her work.  So, I urge you to join me in supporting Andrea by supporting ASANA.  I will kick-off this campaign by making an additional personal donation of $200. Please join me and do what you can! And if you do want to make your donation in Andrea’s name, please indicate that on the GlobalGiving site.

Thanks,

Richard

Greetings from the Path of the Tapir Biological Corridor.  We’ve spent a lot of time on community outreach this last quarter as we begin to wrap up both of our remaining substantial grants: a “Debt-for-Nature Swap” (go to this link if you wish to learn more: www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Debt-for-nature_swap) and a small grant from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). With funding from UNDP we designed and commissioned signs that we have placed at the three major road entrances in the Corridor.  We’ve also worked with three local communities to paint beautiful wall murals depicting scenes from the Corridor. As part of this effort, we have been able to revive our community and school outreach program and have visited various communities along the length of the Corridor to raise awareness, focusing our World Environment Day (June 5) efforts on two strategically located communities – Portalón and Uvita. One of our board members accompanied our executive director on an over-flight, (donated by CAVU - www.cavusite.org), of the Corridor that proved very informative. We were able to observe areas where natural reforestation is happening quickly and other, more problematic areas where new housing construction is threating already precarious points of important connectivity in the Corridor. Finally, did you know that almost 100% of all the water that we use in the communities of the Path of the Tapir is actually generated by the Corridor? Water production is such an important function of the Path of the Tapir that we have initiated the Corridor’s first full inventory of rivers, streams, and springs to better ensure the long-term conservation of this vital resource.

 

As always, we thank you for your continued support of ASANA!

ASANA continues to consolidate and strengthen the Local Council, which is increasingly taking on the management role of the Path of the Tapir Biological Corridor (PTBC). Over the past few months, the Local Council, through ASANA’s facilitation, has finalized its official bylaws that must be approved by the Costa Rican Ministry of Environment (MINAE) for the Council to become a legally recognized entity. Just recently, ASANA presented the final bylaws for approval to the MINAE Central Pacific Regional Council. We expect to learn if the bylaws are approved during the month of April.

One of the most exciting achievements over the past few months has been the initiation of the first round of “Green Certification” in the Path of the Tapir. This is an idea that ASANA has wanted to implement for many years but only recently got the funding to be able to do so. The idea is to recognize individuals and businesses in the Corridor who are making significant contributions to the conservation and connectivity of the Path of the Tapir. Our main focus is to identify large private properties of intact forests whose owners have worked hard – often at great person expense and sacrifice – to protect. We have identified four such properties – all over 250 acres – and are now evaluating their conservation potential with their owners. We expect these critical pieces of natural habitat will be certified by ASANA and the Path of the Tapir Local Council during the month of March.

ASANA continues to mature into an effective local organization whose leadership in the region continues to grow, thanks to our phenomenal executive director, Andrea Herrera. We thank you for your continued support of ASANA and hope you stay with us on this journey.

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Richard Margoluis

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