Osa's depletion of natural resources goes hand in hand with poverty, limited access to job opportunities and lack of education. To protect our natural environment and reduce vulnerability to climate change, our environmental education program has informed and empowered new generations about their role as stewards of the environment and leaders of their communities. This program has created awareness and has empowered hundreds of children since 2003.
Economic development and environmental awareness are key to achieve long term solutions to protect our natural resources and reduce vulnerability to a changing climate. Without proper economical options, communities will keep going back to poaching and gold mining no matter the consequences. With a sustained environmental education program, new generations will think differently about their natural resources, their surroundings, and Corcovado National Park.
The Corcovado Foundation environmental education program has created awareness and has empowered hundreds of children since 2003. Since 2003, the foundation has focused on Creating the Environmental Leaders in their communities. We have empowered children to be the next leaders of social, environmental and economic development for their community, leading and reducing vulnerability to climate change. The foundation will provide them with weekly activities and events.
After 17 years, some of the kids that participated in our program in the past, are now adults. When you measure the impact of the program the result is outstanding. Children and teenagers that participate in the program, grow up with great soft skills such as self-respect, leadership, teamwork, and respect for others. Some of them are now the new leaders of their communities and are taking over new challenges to protect their environment and their communities.