Preparing for Final Push for Biosphere Reserve Status
By Richard Margoluis - President, Board of Directors
ASANA has spent the past few months bolstering the cornerstones of the Savegre Biosphere Reserve application with UNESCO. In particular, we have worked with the UNESCO/MAB committee (responsible for approving the application here in Costa Rica) to revisit and update certain technical aspects of the proposal we compiled last year. We have also reengaged with some of the communities in the lower Savegre who were skeptical about the establishment of a biosphere reserve in the watershed. These are all necessary investments as we work towards the final submission of the proposal in 2013. By reinforcing the foundations of our work in the Savegre, we will greatly increase our probability of success.
We greatly appreciate all the support we received in 2012 and hope you will continue to help us make the Savegre Watershed Biosphere Reserve a model for participatory and sustainable conservation and development – and a reality in 2013!
From the staff and Board of ASANA, we wish you all the best in this New Year.
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