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.
Oct 6, 2015

Good news for tapirs!

President Solis Signs Savegre Decree! (Tico Times)
President Solis Signs Savegre Decree! (Tico Times)

The good news for tapirs is that the President of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solis, signed a decree banning all mega hydroelectric dams to be built in the Savegre Watershed for 25 years! The Savegre is one of the few remaining intact habitats of the tapir, and the Rafiki Safari Lodge - home of ASANA's Tapir Reintroduction Project - is found in the lower Savegre Watershed. President Solis acknowledged the biological, social, and economic importance of the decree.  He stressed the importance of finding solutions that respect both human populations and nature and acknowledged past mistakes Costa Rica has made in terms of major electricity infrastructure.

For years, ASANA has been trying to find a “sustainable development” solution – one that truly meets the needs of local residents while conserving the natural riches of the zone for generations to come.  Major dam construction along the river has already severely affected the Savegre’s unique biodiversity, and has significantly disrupted the social fabric, pitting community against community and offering false hope of an economic boon – in the form of jobs – that has never materialized.  This decree lets us put this mega-infrastructure project on pause for a while as Costa Rica analyzes all that the Savegre has to offer and gets its priorities straight. 

This is good news indeed for tapir conservation and reintroduction in the Southern Pacific zone of Costa Rica. We thank you for supporting our efforts and we look forward to your continued support in the future! 

President Solis Rafting (Tico Times)
President Solis Rafting (Tico Times)

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Oct 2, 2015

A good day for ASANA....

President Solis Rafting on the Savegre
President Solis Rafting on the Savegre

The big - really HUGE - news for ASANA is that President Solis has recognized the importance of the Savegre River Watershed and declared it "off-limits" to uncontrolled and disorganized large dam development.  ASANA started working in the Savegre Watershed about 5 years ago because we saw it as a vital link in connecting the Pacific coastline to the Talamanca Mountains.  Without extending the Path of the Tapir up through the Savegre, tapirs - and all other forms of wildlife - would, in fact, have nowhere to go.

Our efforts have focused on establishing a UNESCO biosphere reserve along the Savegre river and we are getting close to realizing that dream (see more in next month's newsletter...). President Solis's declaration cements our resolve and supports our cause as we work with local communities to find a safer, more sustainable approach to development in the region.

Thanks for believing in ASANA and continuing to support us!   

President Solis signs Savegre decree
President Solis signs Savegre decree

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Oct 2, 2015

Savegre Decree Signed by President Solis!

President Solis Signs Decree (Tico Times)
President Solis Signs Decree (Tico Times)

The big news from ASANA right now is that President Luis Guillermo Solis signed a decree banning all dam construction on the Savegre for the next 25 years!  As you are no doubt aware from our earlier communications in which we described the importance of the Savegre Watershed and the threats it faces, mega-hydroelectric dams rank as the #1 threat to the biodiversity of the region and the livelihoods of many people who live along the river.  For years, ASANA has been trying to find a “sustainable development” solution – one that truly meets the needs of local residents while conserving the natural riches of the zone for generations to come.  Major dam construction along the river has already severely affected the Savegre’s unique biodiversity, and has significantly disrupted the social fabric, pitting community against community and offering false hope of an economic boon – in the form of jobs – that has never materialized.  This decree lets us put this mega-infrastructure on pause for a while as Costa Rica analyzes all that the Savegre has to offer and gets its priorities straight. And ASANA is now smack dab in the middle of the conversation!

President Solis acknowledged the biological, social, and economic importance of the decree.  He stressed the importnace of finding solutions tht respect both human populations and nature and acknowledged past mistakes Costa RIca has made in terms of major electricty infrastrucure.  He seemed to be directing his comments to ASANA when he said: “Signing is the easy part. The hard part is the work that you have been doing for many years.” He went on to say: “When the people organize and demonstrate what they want in a respectful way, in a positive way,” the Solís administration will help them achieve their goals. And today we’re achieving one of those goals, which is to save the Pacuare River and the Savegre River for 25 years from hydroelectric dams.”

This is a hugely significant point in ASANA’s evolution as a major local, regional, and national player on the conservation field.  Thank you so much for supporting us along the way and we look forward to your continued support in the future!  

President Solis Rafts Savegre (Tico Times)
President Solis Rafts Savegre (Tico Times)

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