Hello everyone -
Thanks for your continued support of ASANA's work in the Savegre watershed. We've made some significant process over the past few months - all thanks to our new dynamic Executive Director, Andrea Herrera (Andrea@ASANAcr.org). After an initial meeting with one congresswoman from San Isidro Perez Zeledon, Andrea worked with her and her staff to get the support of the entire Costa Rican congress.
In all, 57 signatures of support were secured - that is 100% of congress! Where in the world can you find a congress that can unanimously agree on anything??? This clearly is going to carry a lot of weight with the UNESCO committee in Costa Rica that receives proposals for biosphere designations and then passes them on to the central UNESCO office.
Andrea has also managed to get the support and engagement of the Costa Rican System of Protected Areas (SINAC, kind of the equivalent in the US as the US Park Service). And finally, Andrea is working with a variety of community groups to keep them engaged in the process of designating a biosphere reserve in the Savegre watershed. For us, community engagement, responsibility, and authority are what will make these efforts successful.
As you can see, things are moving along quickly and well. Again, thanks for your continued support!