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.
Apr 4, 2016

Tapir Expert Visits Rafiki

We had the good fortune of having a tapir scientist visit Rafiki Safari Lodge in February this year. The purpose of his visit was to analyze the feasibility of the Savegre Tapir Project and initiate investigation of the Savegre Valley. He is a professor at Chester University in the UK, a veterinarian, and has vast experience in establishing and analyzing enclosures for wildlife. His skill set is a vital tool for the Tapir project.

During his time at Rafiki, the tapir specialist was able to examine the area and determine what type of fencing will be necessary, get a feel for the lay of the land, the current state of the proposed environment, and give his opinion on the viability of the project. The results of trip have produced several signicant advancements for the project. He is currently drawing the plans for the enclosure. These plans will be used as one of requirements needed in order to gets permits to start the project from the Costa Rican government. Rafiki and Chester University will start scientic investigation of the proposed enclosure area. Master students will study a variety of elements within the area. These studies will give information not only for the area in question, but the data can be extrapolated to better understand the entire corridor that is under the protection of ASANA. Another important alliance was also formed between Chester University and the University of Costa Rica. 

As always, thanks for your support!

Apr 4, 2016

Recovering...

We don't have much to report this quarter on our work in the Savegre Watershed.... As I shared with you in our least update, our phenomenal executive director, Andrea Herrera was involved in a terrible car accident and was badly injured.  She is still in rehabilitation and making progress but has a way to go to be fully healed.  Given that Andrea is our only staff member, work in the Savegre has pretty much come to a standstill....

In anticipation of Andrea's recovery, however, we have managed to solicit and receive a generous donation from CRUSA to restart our community consultation work in the Watershed so that we can finalize the UNESCO Biosphere proposal. We're hoping with CRUSA's support, 2016 will be the year that the Biosphere get approved!

Thanks for your continued support of ASANA's work in the Savegre Watershed!

Apr 4, 2016

La Lucha Continua....

I reported in my last message to you that Andrea Herrera, ASANA's fearless leader, almost lost her life in a horrific car accident a few months ago.  I'm happy to report that she is making good progress in her recovery - but she still has a ways to go...

Despite this big setback, Andrea has managed to keep things going.  During this last reporting period, ASANA has:

1.     Managed the local council that governs the Path of the Tapir Biological Corridor and which has continued to meet monthly.  Its recent focus has been on primary schools throughout the region, designing and managing an environmental education program;  

2.     Placed 10 camera traps through the Corridor to monitor wildlife;

3.     Continued to support the training of primary school teachers to integrate environmental themes in their curriculum;

4.     Become involved in the Ocean Guardian Journey - a program which seeks to involve ecotourism in the area with philanthropy and conservation.

Thank you for your continued support of ASANA!

 
   

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