Corcovado National Park Rescue Project!

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On behalf of the Corcovado Foundation, we wish you that all that is beautiful, meaningful, and joyful be yours this Holiday Season and throughout the coming year.

We are so grateful for all of you, your support, and your friendship! Thanks to you, we have had a fantastic year, bringing knowledge, assistance, hope, and even gifts to people all over Osa and beyond.

Thanks to you, we have been able to:

• Implement 43 Environmental Education sessions in 8 schools and one high school, in 9 different communities, 216 children reached.

• We have worked with 5 Environmental Groups in 5 communities for 125 workshops and conservation activities implemented.

• We have delivered 180 food packages to the elderly and vulnerable families, with 20 families reached per month.

• We have planted 2,142 trees on three private farms and in the Golfo Dulce Forest Reserve.

• We have been carrying out reforestation, fauna monitoring, beach cleaning, and exchange with international students, with 18 students from the Drake school participating in the Junior Park Ranger Program with the Corcovado National Park

• We have organized forest restoration activities for more than 50 local people and volunteers.

• We support the design and consolidation of 3 integral Farms in 3 Drake communities.

• We have established a demonstrative project of bio-inputs and a vegetable garden in the Corcovado Foundation’s Biohostel in Progreso.

We organized a 4-day exchange in Sarapiquí with 14 cattle farmers and producers from Drake Bay to learn about regenerative agriculture and ranching.

• We have backed the construction process of the new high school in Drake Bay.

• We have helped organize 4 recycling collection campaigns, collected five and a half tons of recycling, and supported the Municipality of Osa and ECOINS.

• We organized one castration campaign in Progreso, where 37 dogs and cats were neutered.

• We completed a sustainable consumption plan for mussels (Anadara tuberculosa) for the Térraba Sierpe Wetland

• We have implemented a restoration process for 13 hectares of mangrove swamps in the Térraba Sierpe National Wetland and Bahía Tomas Mangrove.

We are so grateful for all of you, your support, and your friendship! Thanks to you, we have had a fantastic year, bringing knowledge, assistance, hope, and even gifts to people all over Osa Peninsula and beyond.

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En nombre de la Fundación Corcovado, le deseamos que todo lo que es hermoso, significativo y alegre sea suyo en esta temporada navideña y durante el próximo año.

¡Estamos muy agradecidos con todos ustedes, su apoyo y su amistad! Gracias a ustedes, hemos tenido un año fantástico, brindando conocimiento, asistencia, esperanza e incluso regalos a personas de todo Osa y más allá.

 Gracias a usted, este 2022, hemos podido:

• Implementar 43 jornadas de Educación Ambiental en 8 colegios y un liceo, en 9 comunidades diferentes, alcanzando 216 niños.

• Hemos trabajado con 5 Grupos Ambientalistas en 5 comunidades para 125 talleres y actividades de conservación implementadas.

• Hemos entregado 180 paquetes de alimentos a adultos mayores y familias vulnerables, con 20 familias alcanzadas por mes.

• Hemos sembrado 2.142 árboles en tres fincas privadas y en la Reserva Forestal Golfo Dulce.

• Venimos realizando actividades de reforestación, monitoreo de fauna, limpieza de playas e intercambio con estudiantes internacionales, con 18 estudiantes del colegio Drake participando del Programa de Guardaparques Junior con el Parque Nacional Corcovado

• Hemos organizado actividades de restauración forestal para más de 50 personas locales y voluntarios.

• Apoyamos el diseño y consolidación de 3 Fincas integrales en 3 comunidades de Drake.

• Hemos establecido un proyecto demostrativo de bioinsumos y una huerta en el Biohostel de la Fundación Corcovado en Progreso.

Organizamos un intercambio de 4 días en Sarapiquí con 14 ganaderos y productores de Bahía Drake para aprender sobre agricultura y ganadería regenerativa.

• Hemos respaldado el proceso de construcción de la nueva preparatoria en Bahía Drake.

• Hemos ayudado a organizar 4 campañas de recolección de reciclaje, recolectamos cinco toneladas y media de reciclaje, en colaboración con la Municipalidad de Osa y ECOINS.

• Organizamos una campaña de castración en el Progreso, donde se castraron 37 perros y gatos.

• Finalizamos un plan aprovechamiento sustentable del piangua (Anadara tuberculosa) para el Humedal Térraba Sierpe

• Hemos implementado un proceso de restauración de 13 hectáreas de manglares en el Humedal Nacional Térraba Sierpe y Manglar Bahía Tomas.

¡Estamos muy agradecidos con todos ustedes, su apoyo y su amistad! Gracias a ustedes, hemos tenido un año fantástico, brindando conocimiento, asistencia, esperanza e incluso regalos a personas de toda la Península de Osa y más allá.

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10% of all mammals on Earth are found in Costa Ric
10% of all mammals on Earth are found in Costa Ric

It is no longer rare to see a tapir walking calmly through the streets of Drake Bay in Costa Rica, while someone tries to redirect traffic to protect her. Nowadays, tourists enjoy a group of scarlet macaws or a troop of monkeys while walking along the beach or down the street in the middle of town. Two factors have allowed wildlife to coexist harmoniously with the communities that used to hunt them: One is environmental education, no surprise there! However, the other factor might come as a shock: Tourism.


Tourism visitation generates income and raises awareness among the communities of the importance of the forests and the species that inhabit them. The toucan in the tree, the monkeys that leaps from branch to branch, the poisonous frog, and the tapir are no longer just their neighbors; they are the tourist attraction that generates work for the entire community.


Corcovado is considered one of the most critical sites for species conservation. Corcovado is Central America's top conservation priority (Gilbert 1999). In addition to its irrefutable biological importance, Corcovado is also the primary income generator on the Osa Peninsula. Many international visitors come to Costa Rica, visit and sometimes even move to the Southern Zone to enjoy this park's beauty and nature. Visiting this park generates tourism income in various communities in the Southern Zone, including Puerto Jiménez, Bahía Drake, Sierpe, and other satellite communities.


However, the increased demand for tourism to the protected area and the poor condition of the trails and infrastructure have forced park officials to limit access to the protected area. The restriction on the amount of visitation has caused much consternation and annoyance among park users. Therefore, people need to make reservations with enough time, and in many cases, there may not be any spots available.

As mentioned above, the national park trail system is deplorable. However, as always, funding is a limitation to the park to improve its infrastructure. The national park system in Costa Rica operates in a solidary system, parks that make more money support those that are protecting important ecological systems or a beautiful landmark but don't make any income. Corcovado was only receiving 10% of its optimal budget, before the pandemic. During the pandemic, the situation has been even more dire.


The improvement of the trail network and the improvement in visitation can generate ways to expand public-private partnerships as part of business planning and economic scenarios for the management of tourism and recreation in the protected area mainly focused on conserving the integrity of the protected site.

There is a strong correlation between tourism and ecosystem restoration and preservation. The community needs tourism, and tourism comes to see Corcovado. Help us support Corcovado and promote coexistence in harmony.

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Tourist observe fauna in Corcovado
Tourist observe fauna in Corcovado

Corcovado National Park continues to mesmerize people from all walks of life.

Friends and guests come back narrating stories of pumas, tapirs, and many birds of all kinds and sizes. In addition, the waters are populated with dolphins and whales, rays, and all types of ocean life. This is why Corcovado is one of the most sought places in Costa Rica.

With limited resources, the staff of Corcovado National Park struggles not only to protect the wildlife but also to greet and supervise visitors. This is where you came in. With your support, Community Park Rangers were able to work on Corcovado National Park for two weeks on one of the busiest days of the year. They greeted visitors, explained to them the area's fragility and the impact of inappropriate behavior, and kept an eye on visitors leaving the trails or harassing wildlife. 

Additionally, the volunteers worked on painting signs and fixing trails during the afternoon. This work makes the visitation of tourists to the park more pleasant and safe.  The Corcovado Community Rangers were trained by the Corcovado Foundation to be able to support the national park.    They are volunteers whose passion for conservation, protected areas and nature is inspiring.

Corcovado cannot afford to pay for the food of volunteers who visit them. However, the lack of resources limits the number of people that can help. Corcovado could only afford this with your help.  On the other hand, funds are being used to pay for food for fieldwork for the park rangers.

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Park rangers patrolling Corcovado
Park rangers patrolling Corcovado

When you visit Corcovado National Park, there is a big chance that you will fall in love. A luscious rainforest surrounds the splendorous coastline, encompassing blue seas and rocky shores. While standing on the beach, you can see incredible natural life: a black hawk, known as the crab falcon (Buteogallus anthracinus) perched on a nearby tree, waiting for its next prey to emerge from the exposed reef as the tide goes down. Further down, a coatimundi is digging in the sand for lunch, and as you keep exploring, you could run into a peccary sniffing around the beach vegetation for a tuber or a bulb. Once you adventure in the trails, you can be blessed with the sight of four types of monkeys: squirrel monkeys, spider monkeys, howler monkeys, and the white face monkeys. 

White-faced monkeys are ubiquitous in the country in general, maybe because they are very adaptable and often mischievous! Don’t let Marcel from Friends fool you; these guys will steal your lunch if they can. The National Park has a policy of no food in the park to prevent tourists from feeding the monkeys. In general, feeding wildlife is a terrible habit since it can get animals sick and create very aggressive behavior. Ask anybody visiting Manuel Antonio National Park whose backpack has been carefully opened and searched in for goodies by the talented hands of a white-faced monkey.

When you visit Corcovado National Park, you understand why so many magazines and scientific publications praise this park as one of the best parks in the world. These 42,750 land hectares and 5,372 marine hectares encompass more biodiversity per square meter than probably anywhere else.  

Even though Corcovado is a national jewel, the national park system has always struggled to provide the national park management with the human power, tools, infrastructure, and equipment needed to protect and take care of those who defend it. In 2019, the park had only 10% of its optimal operational budget. Since the pandemic, the situation is even worse. When the park asked the Corcovado Foundation for help to purchase ink for their printers, we realized how precarious the problem was. The GlobalGiving project for Corcovado National Park has helped us provide a little bit of help to the park rangers with the tools and infrastructure needed to live with dignity in their ranger stations and work. We provided them with electric equipment and a water pump for San Pedrillo Ranger Station, food for camping for park rangers patrols in the field, and materials to do beach clean-ups.

 

Your support for this project has made all this possible! Thanks to your support, we can somewhat relieve some of these problems. Please keep helping us protect this paradise. 

10% of the mammals in the Americas are found here
10% of the mammals in the Americas are found here
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The Ministry of Environment has always struggled to maintain its protection efforts. The lack of resources to hire park rangers and pay for basic needs like fuel and equipment has always haunted this government agency.

Costa Rica’s second source of income is tourism, and with the Pandemic hitting the traveling industry, Costa Rica’s economy was severely devastated.  Besides, to face the health challenges, the government allocated emergency resources to hospitals and public care, reducing other agencies’ budgets, including the Ministry of Environment.

Mori, the Corcovado National Park administrator, told us that “After the Pandemic, financing the operations for Corcovado National Park has been challenging, since there were cuts to the budgets of all protected areas.   Therefore, the support of donors through GlobalGiving is essential to continue with our conservation efforts.”

Park rangers work in very inadequate conditions. Your support gives us the possibility of meeting some of the basic needs to continue to do the critical job that they do. While we are celebrating Christmas and the holidays many of these everyday heroes will be working on their posts, protecting wildlife, and stopping poachers. They deserve better and you are helping them to do their job and being taken care of as they care for our natural resources! 

Thanks to your donations, we were able to improve a little bit of their living and working conditions:

• We purchased the materials to provide bathrooms sinks in La Leona sector in Corcovado National Park.  This allowed us to provide the service needed for visitors to the PNC.

• We purchased the materials to change all the electrical wiring in the San Pedrillo sector.  Since this station is so close to the sea, the salinity damages all the cables quickly.  Thanks to your donation, we changed the pipes, cables, panels, and others so that the park rangers could have lighting in areas of the ranger house that were damaged, such as the kitchen, dining room, bathrooms, and bedrooms.

• We purchased materials to repair the water pump in the Los Planes sector.  In this sector, the water catchment system had been failing, the pump was repaired, and some pipes were changed so that the park rangers had water at the ranger station.

On behalf of the team at Corcovado National Park and our organization, thank you so much for caring!

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Location: Moravia,, San Jose - Costa Rica
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Alejandra Foundation
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