The Savegre represents the only remaining intact stretch of habitat that connects the Central American Mountain Range to the Pacific Ocean. Yet the communities that have traditionally cared for the Savegre and this wild place they call home are greatly threatened by huge infrastructure projects and diminishing sustainable economic opportunities. This has marginalized local people to the point that unchecked resource exploitation is accelerating, decreasing options for long-term conservation.
This project is designed to ensure the sustainable conservation of the Savegre by empowering local communities to take greater and more formal control over the management of their natural resources. The project aims to work with local communities to raise awareness on the most pressing issues, organize local management councils, explore community-based sustainable development alternatives, and convert the Watershed to the first "carbon-neutral" area in all of Costa Rica.
Organizing local communities to take greater control of the management of the Savegre will result in greater environmental and economic security over the long-term. This security will lead to more stable or growing populations of existing wildlife and forest cover. Conserving the Savegre, its species, habitats, and the environmental services it provides (eg, clean water and carbon sequestration) will, in turn, bring more sustainable economic opportunities to local communities.
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