Corcovado Foundation

Mission The Corcovado Foundation is a key player in the strengthening of the protected wild areas, the promotion of environmental education, sustainable tourism and community participation throughout the sustainable use of the natural resources in the South Pacific area of Costa Rica.
Sep 3, 2015

You are helping us changing peoples lives!

Corcovado National Park
Corcovado National Park

Dear friends of Globalgiving!

Just a quick update regarding our community development program:  We are really excited to tell you about the success of this program in Río Tigre.

We chose the community of Río Tigre due to the large number of residents who continue to enter illegally into the Corcovado National Park to hunt animals and pan for gold.  The Ministry for the Environment (MINAE) had asked us to help them find economical activities for this community. Thanks to the support of donors like you and the blue moon fund, we were able to start working with the Conservationist Association of Dos Brazos in Río Tigre and respond to the call for help from MINAE.

I am thrilled to let you know that this project has been a great success, especially because the response from the community and participation of local residents in the project has been unprecedented.  The Conservationist Association is impressive: their determination to make Río Tigre a more sustainable and prosperous community is absolutely inspiring.

In my 14 years of working with Corcovado Foundation I have never had the privilege to work with another group as committed and as capable.

Thanks to your help we have provided five more tour guide certification courses for 15 members of the community, and five more local residents have signed up to an agreement to pay in instalments so that they can also complete their certification.

A couple of months ago, we  visited the new trail into the Corcovado National Park that the association built. It took us 7 hours to cover the 14.5 kms (9 miles) of this stunning new trail. The guide was excited to tell us about all the wonderful change that this project is bringing to the communities.  He told us about how he grew up hunting and mining. He was very honest about the damage that he himself had caused previously and how, thanks to the new project, he has now pledged to quit mining. He shared stories about how unpleasant it used to be sleeping in the forest, hiding and running from the park rangers, and how now as a guide he makes in just three days the same amount that he would make on an average month of gold panning.

Since the trail was open at the end of February the community has received 105 tourists paying $75 USD per person for a total of  $7,875,  guides have made $4.200, the association made  $1.050 and MINAE made $1050 for park entrances.

Thank you so much for supporting these great efforts.  We are thrilled to be part of this great success!  Your contributions will keep changing people’s lives and supporting therefore protecting the environment.  Keep us in mind this end of the year!

Aug 17, 2015

Education will change the people that change the world

Alvaro and Diego sometime ago
Alvaro and Diego sometime ago

Education will change the people that change the world.

Baba Dioum said "In the end we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught."

As environmental educators, we spend our lives teaching children to respect their surroundings, to love nature and to feel connected to other living things.   We spend our days trying to detect that change in the children’s attitude towards nature, and it is the small details that show us the change within them.

Alvaro and Diego are two children, who used to participate in the Pumas group in the small town of Progreso, a community where we have been involved in for several years.  The Pumas is a group of 10 to 12 young children that gather together to learn about the environment and make changes in their community.   Recently, Alvaro and Diego quit the group, feeling that they were a little too old for the activities suited towards younger aged kids.

Soon after they quit, they decided to join the community turtle conservation initiative thinking it would be a better use of their time.   Volunteers, staff from the Corcovado Foundation, and local people from the community work tirelessly to protect sea turtle nests from egg poachers.  Every night there is a race between poachers and the project to reach the sea turtle nests before a wrongdoer takes the eggs and sells them in the market. 

Alvaro and Diego decided that they would volunteer their time at the sea turtle conservation program.   Many local people in Progreso, work at the project, but they charge for their time.  These kids committed to a full year of volunteering their time to the protection of the turtles.   This was something that they decided on their own; nobody asked them to do it.  They just wanted to give something back to their community to help preserve natural resources.

These boys are a great example of how attitudes are changing toward nature.  They know that if they don’t protect their natural resources, they will lose forever the beautiful olive ridley sea turtle.  This emblematic reptile has been visiting Progreso since ancient times. Their populations have been decimated by human intervention.  These boys are aware that if they are not part of the solution, they are part of the problem.  

The mission of the Corcovado Foundation is to protect wilderness areas and promote environmental education, responsible tourism and community development compatible with the sustainable use of natural resources on the Osa Peninsula and southern Costa Rica.    Help us to keep influencing young minds like Alvaro and Diego, so that changes in behavior can be a natural part of their life.

drawing about nature
drawing about nature
Aug 11, 2015

More turtles to protect than ever before!

Volunteers arriving at the Rio Oro site
Volunteers arriving at the Rio Oro site

With one month of the 2015 season under our belts, we’ve got so many wonderful new experiences to share with our donors. For the first time ever the Corcovado Foundation Sea Turtle Conservation Program has been protecting two major nesting sites for these endangered species on the northern and southern flanks of the Corcovado National Park.

 

At playa Drake our volunteers have helped the local turtle conservation association, ACOTPRO, to build the biggest hatchery to date, with room for 144 nests. At playa Río Oro, our volunteers helped to remove trash from 20km of coastline, ensuring that this precious wilderness remains an idyllic nesting habitat for the sea turtles. They have been rewarded by seeing as many as 20 sea turtles come to nest some nights – many more than we are used to finding in Drake! The season has only just begun too, so it’s very exciting to imagine what it will be like when the nesting activity peaks in September!

 

The program has also welcomed a record number of international volunteers too. Sixty came to volunteer during just the first month and over 120 have signed up for 2015 so far – smashing the previous record of 93 in 2014.

 

The newly expanded program, however, brings a new level of responsibility and new funding needs. While the increase in the number of volunteers has provided the indispensable labor required to protect both beaches, the income generated from their fees does not cover the increased costs of running the program. This year we were fortunate enough to win two grants to cover these costs; by contrast, for 2016 we currently have no funding at all!

 

In order to consolidate our work with the community in Drake Bay and construct a permanent research station at Río Oro we need to raise around $30,000 USD by the end of the year. We are also in need of a vehicle in order to cut down our transportation costs. With this key infrastructure in place, the program would be a position where it could operate without the need for grants in the future, and could guarantee the protection of the sea turtles at these two important nesting beaches for years to come.

 

We are offering our donors a real opportunity this year to make a tangible and permanent contribution to the conservation of sea turtles in the region, and support the sustainable development of the local communities with which they interact.

 

Make a donation today, large or small, and help us to save the sea turtles from extinction!

 

To keep up to date with the daily goings-on at the program, visit: https://www.facebook.com/cfseaturtles, and read our volunteer blog here: http://cfseaturtles.blogspot.com/

 

Thank you for your support!

Volunteers cleaning the beach at Rio Oro
Volunteers cleaning the beach at Rio Oro
Volunteers eating lunch after cleaning the beach
Volunteers eating lunch after cleaning the beach
 
   

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