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.
Aug 30, 2016

They're back....

We’re plugging along with our Tapir project based out of the Rafiki Safari Lodge in the Savegre River Watershed.  In the past few months, we’ve beefed up our monitoring system, installing a series of donated cameras.  We are also exploring the possibility of getting graduate students to come to the Watershed to help do the biological research needed to support the repopulation of tapirs in the zone.  But by far the best news is that a tapir was spotted (and photographed) where the Path of the Tapir Biological Corridor and the Savegre River Watershed intersect.  Check it out (photos attached). Yea!!!

Aug 30, 2016

Expanding the Proposed Biosphere Reserve Area

In the Savegre Watershed, we continue to put together our proposal to UNESCO to establish a biosphere reserve.  We are in the process of facilitating four more workshops with communities and stakeholders in the newly proposed area that connects the watershed to Manuel Antonio Nation Park. After so much work on this project, we are hoping 2016 is the year that the proposal gets approved. 

One very exciting piece of news we’d like to share with you!  A tapir was spotted (and photographed) where the Path of the Tapir Biological Corridor and the Savegre Watershed intersect.  Check it out (photos attached). Yea!!!

Aug 30, 2016

Victims of our own success???

Our community-based local council continues to gain momentum as the administrator of the biological corridor.  It recently established a monitoring system throughout the corridor that includes 12 camera “traps” – automatic wildlife cameras that are tripped by an invisible infrared beam when an animal passes by. (We are looking to place more camera traps at strategic points throughout the corridor and so if you can help us purchase more cameras, we’d appreciate it! They cost about $400 each…) More recently we reinitiated our environmental education efforts in primary schools with a program that includes six schools in the corridor.  During our many visits to the communities, we learned of a new and emerging challenge to conservation efforts in the corridor.  After fighting for so long to create the conditions to have habitat and major species of wildlife return, we are seeing a strange measure of success: predation of domestic livestock by wild cats, mostly puma and ocelot.  While it is great to see major predator numbers rebounding, we need to work with our community partners to figure out a way to minimize or otherwise offset the loss of domestic animals.

One very exciting piece of news we’d like to share with you!  A tapir was spotted (and photographed) in the area of the corridor that joins the Savegre Watershed.  Check it out (photos attached). Yea!!!

 
   

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