As many of you know, keeping a small NGO like ASANA is no easy task.... With the virtual collapse of the big international NGO's (including World Wildlife Fund, The Nature Conservancy, and Conservation International) in Costa Rica, things have become particularly tough. These organizations used to help ASANA by providing small amounts of funds but now those are gone... We exist thanks to the generous donations of individuals - such as you - primarily though Global Giving.
Despite our financial challenges, ASANA continues to do some pretty incredible things. The newly established Biological Corridor Local Council is going strong. We recently got great news that the Municipality of Aguirre will be signing our UNESCO proposal to make the Savegre a biosphere reserve (the last signature we needed!). We just completed our first private land easement registration (now the owners can get payments for environmental services and not pay taxes on their land, equaling considerable $ savings...). And, ASANA is in the process of wrapping up a totally cool and innovative study looking at wildlife mortality along the Southern Coastal Highway...
As the wet season comes to and end here on the Central Pacific Coast, we hope many of you will be coming down to spend time here. If you are, please let us know!
Happy Holidays to all!
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